Pat Bowlen, Broncos Owner, Steps Down with Alzheimer’s

As you may have heard, Denver Bronco’s owner, Pat Bowlen has resigned his position as owner to deal with Alzheimer’s Disease. Bowlen bought the Denver Bronco’s in 1984, and since then have appeared in six Super Bowls, culminating with two titles in back to back years in 1997 and 1998. Joe Ellis joined the Bronco’s in 2011 as the Team President and will be taking over the day to day operations while Mr. Bowlen continues his battle with Alzheimer’s.

“As many in the Denver community and around the National Football League have speculated, my husband, Pat, has very bravely and quietly battled Alzheimer’s disease for the last few years,” Annabel Bowlen said in a statement released through the Broncos. “He has elected to keep his condition private because he has strongly believed, and often said, ‘It’s not about me.’

“Pat has always wanted the focus to be solely on the Denver Broncos and the great fans who have supported this team with such passion during his 30 years as owner. My family is deeply saddened that Pat’s health no longer allows him to oversee the Broncos, which has led to this public acknowledgment of such a personal health condition.”


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