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DENVER — The Denver Broncos unveiled a statue of owner Pat Bowlen Saturday evening in a private ceremony at the south end of Sports Authority Field at Mile High, the team said.

The statue shows Bowlen in his customary pose on the sidelines during Broncos games. Work on the project began in January by Brian Hanlon, the same artist who sculpted the 27 Ring of Fame works at the field.

“Pat has never sought the spotlight and never asked for the accolades during his 31 years as owner of the Broncos,” said Annabel Bowlen, wife of Pat Bowlen. “It’s very humbling four our family to have Pat receive this recognition for what he has, and continues to mean, to the Denver Broncos.”

The statue stands nine feet tall and is situated in front of a curved wall incorporating bronze plaques displaying information about the first owner in pro football to preside over 300 wins in 30 years.

“Pat is a friend and a mentor and is somebody that has clearly made a profound impact not only on the Denver Broncos but the NFL,” John Elway said. “I’m very pleased that tonight he is getting the kind of recognition that he so deserves but has never sought out.”

The Broncos face the San Francisco 49ers at home on Sunday night.

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