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Broncos issue statement on Lou Saban

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen released the following statement on Lou Saban, who died Sunday. Saban was the team's coach and general manager from 1967t o 1971.

"Lou Saban should be credited as the individual who first brought respectability to the Denver Broncos during his five seasons as head coach in the late 1960s. Even though I was not here at the time, upon buying the Broncos in 1984 I began learning the history of the club and realized Lou's importance to this franchise. It was Lou who moved the Broncos into their first training facility and changed the team's helmet design to the style featuring the "D" with the horse, a logo that became so symbolic with this franchise and its success for nearly 30 years. He had an illustrious and dramatic role in the generation of pro football that preceded this one. He was a great contributor to the game and will be missed by all."