Broncos owner Pat Bowlen didn’t have to sit in the sub-zero temperatures, like nearly all the fans did Saturday, to feel to excruciating pain of Denver’s double overtime loss to the Ravens.
This one hurts.
“I said publicly last year that I wanted 2012 to be a great season, not just a good season. We certainly had a very good season and perhaps exceeded a few expectations,” the letter to ticket holder that was emailed out Tuesday from Bowlen reads.
The owner and CEO concedes, “But Broncos fans, you and I know what a great season looks like.”
The dramatic, and albeit unexpected ending to a fantastic season wasn’t the way Bowlen wanted this year to end.
Since he became owner in 1984, Bowlen has seen Denver fall in three Super Bowls in a matter of four years. But what he came to witness and distinguish on Saturday was “gut-wrenching”.
He thanked the fans for their “passion, enthusiasm and overwhelming support.” He pledged optimism and the overall prosperity of the future with a twinge, that this was the year, that even the owner of the Broncos cannot shake.