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Statement from Saints Owner Gayle Benson on death of Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen

New Orleans Saints Owner Gayle Benson issued this statement Friday, June 14 following the death of longtime Denver Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen:

"My thoughts and prayers go out to Annabel and the entire Bowlen family following Pat Bowlen's passing last night. Pat Bowlen purchased the Broncos shortly before my late husband Tom bought the Saints and like him, played a pivotal role in the success of his team and also benefited his community through philanthropy. Not only was he a great steward of his franchise and leader in the city, but Pat also made significant contributions to our game at a league level. The leadership role he played in the areas of broadcasting, international growth, and labor relations helped produce results that have continued to grow our league's popularity worldwide."