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Pat Bowlen Hall of Fame: Credit Bowlen for Sunday Night Football

Don’t worry, he didn’t help create Thursday Night Football. Just the one we all like, Sunday Night Football.

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It’s Pat Bowlen week on Mile High Report. We’ll be pointing out many of his most important achievements as an NFL owner and why his impact is worthy of consideration by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Contributor Committee later this month.

Raise your hand if you love Sunday Night Football. Yeah, me too. It feels like it has been around forever, but the first game aired in 2006. Did you also know that Pat Bowlen is considered the ‘father’ of Sunday Night Football? I sure didn’t.

Our own Ian St. Clair had the opportunity to speak with Jim Saccomano, the head of public relations for 36 years and now a consultant/historian for the Denver Broncos, last week and he touched on the topic of Sunday Night Football that many of us may not have even known.

“(Bowlen) is considered by the people who know as the father of Sunday Night Football,” Saccomano said, “which I think you can say right now Sunday Night Football has actually eclipsed Monday Night Football in prominence as the game that’s a real special, special game to end the week.”

He’s not wrong about the part where Sunday Night Football has eclipsed Monday Night Football and while some of that may have to do with ESPN being a cable channel most of that has to do with Sunday just being a great day for NFL football.

As a contributor, Bowlen has many achievements, and leading the effort to create Sunday Night Football was an underrated way he helped improve and grow the game of football.


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