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Broncos owner Pat Bowlen cedes control due to battle with Alzheimer’s

07.23.14 at 9:58 am ET
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Longtime Broncos owner Pat Bowlen has resigned control of the team due to his battle with Alzheimer’s disease, the team announced Wednesday. Team president Joe Ellis will accept control of the Broncos.

“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.”

Ellis started as Denver’s marketing director from 1983 to 1985. He rejoined the team in 1998 as its executive vice president of business operations. Ellis was named chief operating officer in 2008 and team president in 2011.

Bowlen, 70, purchased the Broncos in 1984. Denver reached six Super Bowls and won two in his 30 years in charge. Bowlen told The Denver Post in May 2009 that he was dealing with short-term memory loss. He told the team Tuesday his condition had worsened to Alzheimer’s.

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