Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen steps down due to Alzheimer's Disease

 
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 6:13 am    Post subject: Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen steps down due to Alzheimer's Disease

That's very sad

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/11251299/pat-bowlen-gives-control-denver-broncos-battles-alzheimer-disease

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Broncos' Pat Bowlen steps down


Bowlen Steps Down As Broncos Owner

Broncos' Bowlen Battling Alzheimer's Disease
Longtime Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen has given up control of the team as he battles Alzheimer's disease.

Team president Joe Ellis will assume control of the Broncos.

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Broncos owner Pat Bowlen has given up control of the team as he battles Alzheimer's disease.
"In recent years, Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen has taken a reduced role with his team while courageously and privately battling Alzheimer's disease," the team said in a statement.

"The Broncos are very saddened that Mr. Bowlen is no longer able to be part of the team's daily operations due to his condition. We continue to offer our full support, compassion and respect to 'Mr. B,' who has faced Alzheimer's disease with such dignity and strength."

The Denver Post first reported Bowlen, 70, would step aside.

Ellis worked as the Broncos' marketing director from 1983 to 1985, then rejoined the team in 1998 as its executive vice president of business operations. In 2008, Ellis was named the team's chief operating officer, and in 2011 he was named team president.

"It's a really, really sad day," Ellis said in a statement to The Denver Post. "It's sad for his family, his wife and his seven children. It's sad for everyone in the organization. And it's sad for all the Bronco fans who know what Pat Bowlen meant to them as an owner. It's a day nobody wanted to see happen."

Bowlen purchased the Broncos in 1984 from Edgar Kaiser. In Bowlen's 30 years as owner, the Broncos reached six Super Bowls, winning back-to-back titles in 1997 and 1998.

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Since Pat Bowlen took over as the Broncos' owner in 1984, the team has the second-best winning percentage in the NFL, behind only the 49ers.

Team Win pct. SB Wins
49ers .618 4
Broncos .604 2
Patriots .593 3
Steelers .586 2
-- ESPN Stats & Information
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• Owner of Broncos since March 1984
• 6 Super Bowl appearances (2 championships)
• .604 win pct since 1984 (2nd to 49ers)
• Broncos have sold out every game during his tenure
• Member of Colorado Sports Hall of Fame
"This is a sad day for the NFL," commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement to The Denver Post. "Pat Bowlen's leadership has been critical to the success of the Broncos and the entire NFL. From building a championship team that is a pillar of the community to his important work for the league on television and labor matters, Pat's love of the game drove him and we have all benefited from his passion and wisdom. But the time has come for Pat to focus on his health and we fully support him. Joe Ellis has been a trusted executive for Pat for many years after working with us at the league office. Joe's deep experience ensures that the Broncos will continue to have strong leadership."

Bowlen told The Denver Post in May 2009 that he was dealing with short-term memory loss, but on Tuesday the team and Bowlen's family acknowledged for the first time that his condition had developed into Alzheimer's.

"Going forward, Pat Bowlen's indelible contributions to the Broncos, the NFL and this community will continue to define his three decades of ownership and serve as the standard he has set for his franchise," the NFL said in a statement to The Denver Post.

"With more than 300 victories, including six AFC championships and back-to-back Super Bowls, Mr. Bowlen has established the culture of winning that is responsible for the Broncos' sustained success. His work on various league committees has helped the NFL achieve unprecedented prosperity, and his philanthropic generosity has had a positive impact on so many throughout the Rocky Mountain Region."

Bowlen's wife, Annabel, thanked Broncos fans for their support.

"I am extremely proud of Pat's incredible accomplishments as owner of the Broncos, most notably the winning tradition he has established and the positive impact he has made in our community," Annabel Bowlen said in a statement. "Pat would be the first to say that none of the Broncos' success would be possible without the players, coaches, employees and fans whom he's shared such a strong connection with over the years.

"On behalf of Pat and the rest of my family, I want to thank all Broncos fans for their overwhelming support and how respectful they continue to be of his privacy. We look forward to sharing many more successful seasons of Denver Broncos football with you."
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 12:32 pm    Post subject:

It is very sad. My grandfather has Alzheimer's, for him it's very confusing and tough to accept, and it's also tremendously difficult at times for us as a family to try to deal with.

One of the saddest things in life is when you watch someone you care about start to lose parts of who they are, and watching them struggle with it.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 7:44 am    Post subject:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nfl/wife-of-broncos-owner-pat-bowlen-diagnosed-with-alzheimers/ar-AAzeFVe?li=BBnba9I

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Wife Of Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen Diagnosed With Alzheimer's

The wife of Denver Broncos majority owner Pat Bowlen announced Wednesday that she was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

Annabel Bowlen made the announcement in a statement released by the Broncos.


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Annabel Bowlen, wife of #Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen, has announced that she too has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

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"I decided to make my diagnosis public right away in the hope that it continues to raise awareness for those battling Alzheimer's and their loved ones," her statement said. "I feel that it is important for people to know that those in my situation do not need to completely withdraw from their daily activities. Based on my own experience with Pat, there will still be many joyous and rewarding moments for me as well as my family and friends.

Pat Bowlen gave up control of the team to Broncos president Joe Ellis after announcing that he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2014. The team was placed in a trust after Bowlen's announcement.

The Bowlen family bought the Broncos in 1984 and the franchise has won three Super Bowls since that time.
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