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Denver Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen Resigns, Has Alzheimer's Disease

07/23/2014 05:26 am ET | Updated Jul 23, 2014

Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen has given up control of the team as he fights Alzheimer's disease, according to the Denver Post.

"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," a team statement issued to the newspaper reads.

The statement says Broncos president Joe Ellis will continue to operate the team, but that over the long term Bowlen hopes one of his seven children will eventually take control.

Bowlen, 70, bought the Broncos in 1984 when the team was facing bankruptcy. Under his ownership, the team made six Super Bowl appearances, winning twice.

"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 wife, Annabel Bowlen, said in a statement to the newspaper.

"My family will stand strong with Pat as he continues his courageous fight against a disease that is unfortunately all too common. One in nine people age 65 and older has Alzheimer's, and my family is experiencing the same difficult emotions that so many have felt when someone they love and respect is afflicted with this condition."

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