Pat Bowlen, the owner of the Denver Broncos, has given up the control of the team because of his battle with Alzheimer’s. The Broncos have won two Super Bowls and is one of the NFL’s most competitive franchises.
“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,” Annabel Bowlen said in a statement released through the Broncos. “He has elected to keep his condition private because he has strongly believed, and often said, ‘It’s not about me.’ Annabel and her family are devastated that this problem is affecting Pat’s life and stopping him from doing what he loves, overseeing the Denver Broncos
Joe Ellis, the Broncos’ team president since 2011, is now taking over the day-to-day operations of the team. He is also being named the Broncos’ chief executive officer serving as the team’s representative.
The longtime owner’s stake in the team was placed in the Pat Bowlen Trust, according to a statement from the team, with the intention for the franchise to be taken over by one of his seven children. The team will not be up for sale.