Pat Bowlen has been suffering from Alzheimer's disease for a number of years.
Englewood, CO (SportsNetwork.com) -
Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen has relinquished day-to-day control of the team due to Alzheimer's disease.
The team made the announcement Wednesday, saying the 70-year-old Bowlen had been privately battling the disease in recent years.
"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," the club's statement read. "We continue to offer our full support, compassion and respect to 'Mr. B,' who has faced Alzheimer's disease with such dignity and strength."
Bowlen had already placed his ownership share into a trust that is controlled by non-family members with a long-term goal for one his seven children to eventually run the franchise.
Dungy distraction illustrates his point
By John McMullen, NFL Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) -
There is a group of people in this country who love to build people up with an eye on knocking them down, and they all came looking for Tony Dungy earlier this week.
As far as I know the ex-coach and current NBC analyst never asked to be the moral compass of the NFL but the faith he often wears on his sleeve and an even demeanor in a sport filled with aggressive, often loud alpha-males made him particularly appealing to a cult that eats, sleeps and breathes political correctness.