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Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen giving up control of team as he battles Alzheimer's disease

During Peyton Manning's whirlwind free agency tour in 2012, Zimmerman said, he knew any other teams pursuing the four time MVP were just wasting their time.

The team issued a statement offering "our full support, compassion and respect to 'Mr. B,' who has faced Alzheimer's disease with such dignity and strength."

"I knew he'd be a Bronco before he did," Zimmerman said, "because once he visited here and met with Mr. Bowlen, I knew Nike Air Max 2016 Colorways

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"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 Nike Air Max Pink And Gray 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," she added.

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Under Bowlen's guidance, the Broncos won six AFC titles and two Super Bowls. At 307 203 1, Bowlen and New York Giants founder Tim Mara are the only three decade owners in pro football history to win 60 per cent of their games.

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Elway, now the team's general manager, once said Bowlen's competitive nature as a triathlete when he was younger translated into his business life "and how he ran the Broncos."

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The 70 year old Bowlen will no longer be a part of the club's daily operations, the Broncos announced Wednesday. Team President Joe Ellis is adding the title of chief executive officer and will have final say on all matters.

"Alzheimer's has taken so much from Pat, but it will never take away his love for the Denver Broncos and his sincere appreciation for the fans."

His style endeared him to employees and players alike.

Business is expected to go on as usual at Broncos headquarters.

there was no way he could go anywhere else."

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"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. He has elected to keep his condition private because he has strongly believed, and often said, 'It's not about me,"' Annabel Bowlen said in a statement Wednesday.

The Broncos' 186 home victories are the most in the NFL since he bought the team in 1984, when John Elway was his quarterback, not his front office chief, and the Broncos' five losing seasons during those 30 years are the fewest in the league over that span.

"Words can't express the love, respect gratitude I have for Pat Bowlen. He set the standard for team ownership. Keep Mr. B in your prayers," former Broncos receiver Ed McCaffrey tweeted.

in 2009 that he suffered short term memory loss, he stepped back from day to day operations in 2011 when he promoted Ellis to president.

When Bowlen received the Mizel Institute's 2013 Community Enrichment Award, Hall of Famer Nike Air Max 2014 Mens

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Bowlen was known as much for his humility as his competitive fire, doing his best to stay out of the spotlight even as he built a winning culture and a fan base that extends throughout the Rocky Mountain region.

"Then I come into the locker room and there's Pat sticking turkeys into our lockers," Zimmerman recounted.

For the first time this off season, Ellis represented the Broncos at the annual owners meetings.

Bowlen had reduced his public appearances in recent years, although he was still a fixture at the team's Dove Valley complex and at all of its games. After acknowledging Nike Air Max White Color

Shannon Sharpe said: "I would be hard pressed to believe that there's an owner that cares more about his city, about his state, about his players than Mr. Bowlen does."

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The Broncos say the ownership of the franchise is held in a trust Bowlen set up more than a decade ago in hopes that one of his seven children will one day run the team.

Hall of Famer Gary Zimmerman said he realized Bowlen was a different type of owner when he signed up for a turkey his first Thanksgiving in Denver, thinking it was all a joke.

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