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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:00:00 +0000
(NEW YORK) -- Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen announced on Wednesday that he has stepped down from his post as he is battling 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."
Bowlen has been the owner of the team since 1984 and has seen his team go to six Super Bowls, winning back-to-back titles in 1997 and 1998. The Broncos have a .604 win percentage under Bowlen's tenure and are worth $1.1-billion according to Forbes.
Team president Joe Ellis will take over control of the Broncos.
"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."
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