Paul Tagliabue on Pat Bowlen

“He’s probably one of the top five owners that I’ve ever dealt with. I told Joe Ellis: ‘You think about quarterbacks. Who are the best five?’ Take your pick. Marino. Elway. Montana. Brady. Peyton. Steve Young. Johnny Unitas. Same thing with owners. Pat’s one of the top five. I’m not going to start picking the other four, but you can put the Mara family (of the New York Giants) in there. The beauty of Pat was when he first came in, he said there’s a lot you don’t know and you’ve got to listen. He did that. He very quickly became very influential.”
– Paul Tagliabue, NFL Commissioner, 1989-2006