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49ers general manager John Lynch releases a statement on the passing of long-time Broncos owner Pat Bowlen

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Bowlen passes away on Thursday

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On Thursday, long-time Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen passed away at the age of 75. Bowlen was one of the most NFL’s successful owners after he acquired Denver in 1984. During his tenure, the Broncos won three Super Bowls, 13 division titles, and seven conference titles. In 35 seasons under Bowlen, Denver had only eight losing seasons.

San Francisco 49ers General manager John Lynch has obvious ties to the Broncos organization. Lynch played in Denver from 2004-07, and he’s also in the Broncos Ring of Fame. Not to mention having a close friendship with current general manager and the face of the Denver organization, John Elway. Lynch issues a statement this morning:

On top of all of these Hall of Fame worthy accolades, Mr. B was a good man. He made it so fun to play for the Broncos because he cared so much and allowed you a chance every year to compete for the whole thing. RIP Pat Bowlen and God’s Blessings to the Bowlen Family.

Due to complications with Alzheimer’s Disease, Bowlen stepped down as the teams CEO in 2014. Bowlen was inducted into the Broncos’ Ring of Fame in 2015. He was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame earlier this year.

The 49ers also issued a statement:

We extend our heartfelt condolences to the Bowlen family and the entire Broncos organization. The 49ers will join the NFL family in celebrating Pat Bowlen’s life at his Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement this summer.