There are few NFL owners that have had the impact of Pat Bowlen over the last two decades with the Denver Broncos. Bowlen has been going through some medical problems in recent years and this morning, it was revealed that he has decided to give up control of the team after acknowledging he has Alzheimer’s disease. Bowlen has owned the Broncos for 30 years, leading them to two Super Bowl championships with John Elway at quarterback. [lead image via Justin Edmonds / Getty Sports]
Bowlen told the Denver Post five years ago that he was dealing with short-term memory loss and it was the Post that first reported Bowlen stepping down. It is hard to dispute Bowlen’s track record with six Super Bowl appearances in 30 years or one every five years and he just saw Denver this past season make it to the Big Game.
The team will be put into the Bowlen family trust but team president Joe Ellis will have final say authority on what happens with the franchise. The fans in Denver will never forget what Bowlen did and hopefully now Bowlen can continue his fight with Alzheimer’s bravely knowing it is now out in public.