In a message emailed to all season ticket holders on Tuesday, Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen thanked fans for their unwavering support and shared his disappointment with the fans. More importantly he set expectations for next year. Expectations that Broncos fans need to hear now that we're looking down the barrel of another long off-season.
Let nobody tell you different, the Denver Broncos are going to the Super Bowl next year.
Dear Season Ticket Holder:
I write this letter to summarize my thoughts on the 2012 season and to thank you for your tremendous support this year.
Saturday's playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens was a gut-wrenching disappointment for everyone who loves the Denver Broncos. It marked a bitter end to an otherwise successful season.
I feel terrible for our players, coaches and staff who put forth maximum effort throughout the year. They accomplished many great things while falling short of our ultimate goal.
But most importantly, my heart aches for you.
The energy and enthusiasm you provided us this past year were infectious and carried us to great accomplishments. Your passionate backing allowed us to ascend as the season progressed. To have it end so suddenly is certainly most painful for you.
As the owner of a football team that belongs to this region, city and the greatest fans in professional sports, I share and understand the deep disappointment that you still must feel today.
In the early stages of reflection, one thing stands clear-Your support is unwavering.
Since the day I bought this team through the moment you finished cheering your hearts out in the freezing cold of Saturday's game, that has always been the case. Please know that I am humbled by this support and I am forever grateful for it.
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.
But Broncos fans, you and I know what a great season looks like.
That is why I'll soon stop reflecting and start working on one thing for 2013-bringing another Super Bowl victory back to Denver. As we move forward, I am extremely optimistic with the future of our team.
From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for the passion, enthusiasm and overwhelming support you gave us this past season.