John Elway wants Pat Bowlen to join him as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

"Absolutely," Elway said Wednesday as he talked with three dozen members of the media. "I mean I'd love (Bowlen's bust] to be right next to mine."

There are 12 owners who have busts at the Hall of Fame, located in Canton, Ohio.

Bowlen boasts six trips to the Super Bowl and two NFL titles during his 30 seasons as Broncos owner.

Elway and Broncos coach John Fox complimented Bowlen on his hands-on approach to leadership. Fox said Bowlen attended all of the Broncos practices before the Super Bowl. These visits came despite often frigid temperatures.

But Bowlen, Elway said, never became a meddlesome owner.

"He did not," Elway said. "He was all ears. When he came into the football business, he admitted the fact that he knew about the business side, but he didn't know a whole heck of a lot about the football side. He was always listening and asking questions. . Pat was always curious and wanted to know why. He'd ask the questions, but no, he was never a guy who came in and meddled."

Elway talked as if he expects Bowlen to become a member of the Hall of Fame.

"I think that, at some point in time, should happen, especially with what he's done for this league, what he's done for the game of football," Elway said. "Because he's been an integral part of the growth of the NFL in the last 30 years."

Bowlen in the Hall of Fame, Elway said, "would be the best thing that could ever happen."


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