Broncos Owner Bowlen gives up control of team

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Pat Bowlen, who has owned the Denver Broncos for 30 years, is giving up control of the team due to a battle with Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Denver Post. In 2009, Bowlen stated that he was dealing with short-term memory loss, and through the years speculation ran rampant that he was dealing with the disease. And unfortunately, on Tuesday, Mr. Bowlen confirmed his diagnosis to the public. In a statement made by his wife Annabel, she said “My family is deeply saddened that Pat’s health no longer allows him to oversee the Broncos, which has led to this public acknowledgement of such a personal health condition”.

Joe Ellis, who Bowlen promoted to team president in 2011, will take over the controlling duties of the Broncos. Though Bowlen is relinquishing control, the team will remain with the family and will not be sold. Ownership of the team has been placed in a trust and it’s in Bowlen’s plans that one of his children will eventually take over as the owner. During Pat Bowlen’s tenure as owner, the Broncos have made it to six Super Bowls, winning two of them.

Down and Distance Contributor Matt Brennan @MBren21


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