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Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 2:00 a.m.
Pat Bowlen, one of the most iconic owners in NFL history who helped guide the Broncos to six Super Bowl appearances and two world championships in his 30 years as owner, is relinquishing control of the team as he acknowledges he is dealing with Alzheimer's disease.
Team president Joe Ellis will assume control of the Broncos as Bowlen focuses on his health.
"It's a really, really sad day," Ellis said. "It's sad for his family, his wife and his seven children. It's sad for everyone in the organization. And it's sad for all the Bronco fans who know what Pat Bowlen meant to them as an owner. It's a day nobody wanted to see happen."
Bowlen, 70, has placed his Broncos' ownership in the Pat Bowlen Trust that is controlled by non-family members. Final-say authority with the team is held by Ellis.
Bowlen's long-term goal is for one of his seven children to run the team when they're ready. To be clear, the Broncos will not be put up for sale.
A statement by the Broncos to The Denver Post said the trust was set up by Bowlen more than a decade ago as part of his long-stated desire to keep team ownership in his family.
Bowlen had first revealed to The Denver Post in May 2009 that he was experiencing short-term memory loss. Bowlen, his family and the team on Tuesday acknowledged for the first time that his condition had developed into Alzheimer's, a brain condition that worsens as it progresses and currently has no cure.
"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. "He has elected to keep his condition private because he has strongly believed, and often said, 'It's not about me.'
"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 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."
According to the Alzheimer's Association, more than 5 million Americans are living with the disease and it is the sixth-leading cause of death. Bowlen lost his mother, Arvella, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's, in 2006.
Mr. B's leadership"This is a sad day for the NFL," commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement to The Denver Post. "Pat Bowlen's leadership has been critical to the success of the Broncos and the entire NFL. From building a championship team that is a pillar of the community to his important work for the league on television and labor matters, Pat's love of the game drove him and we have all benefited from his passion and wisdom. But the time has come for Pat to focus on his health and we fully support him. Joe Ellis has been a trusted executive for Pat for many years after working with us at the league office. Joe's deep experience ensures that the Broncos will continue to have strong leadership."
Although the revelation of Bowlen's condition is an emotional blow to the Broncos' franchise, business in many respects will continue as usual. Bowlen already had removed himself from the team's day-to-day operations in 2011 after he promoted Ellis, his longtime right-hand man, to president.
One of Bowlen's most significant decisions before stepping back was working alongside Ellis in reshaping the Broncos' football operations department in 2011. Together, Bowlen and Ellis hired legendary quarterback John Elway to run the football operations department. Elway then hired John Fox to succeed Josh McDaniels as coach.
With Ellis overseeing the club's day-to-day operations and Elway running the football department, the Broncos have won three AFC West Division titles and reached no less than the Elite Eight of the NFL playoffs in each of their three seasons.
After signing free-agent Peyton Manning in 2012 to become their quarterback, the Broncos have gone 13-3 in each of their past two seasons and last season won two AFC home playoff games at Sports Authority Field at Mile High to reach their seventh Super Bowl, sixth under Bowlen.
To be sure, the past three seasons have been a remarkable rebound from the low point in the Bowlen era, which was a 4-12 season in 2010.
"No one fills Pat Bowlen's shoes," Ellis said. "Everybody in this organization — John Elway, John Fox, the players, all the Broncos' employees, we understand what Mr. Bowlen's goals and objectives are and it's our obligation to fulfill them.
"Not only is he firm in his commitment to winning, he also wants to make sure people in his organization do things the right way, and sometimes that's not always the case. But when he saw mistakes, even if they were his own, he recognized them and corrected them quickly. That's the standard he set. It was clearly defined. It's easy to see and it's so easy for all of us to follow. That's what we're going to do in the future."
For the better part of three decades at Broncos' headquarters, Bowlen was affectionately known by his players, executives and employees as "Mr. B." He was the type of owner who struck that delicate balance between being in the office every day and making the tough decisions when he had to, but also letting the people he hired do their jobs.
By any measure, Bowlen has been one of the most successful owners in all of sports.
Bowlen was 40 in 1984 when he and his siblings bought the Broncos from Edgar Kaiser for $78 million. Forbes recently listed the Broncos' value at $1.16 billion, although that might now be a low estimate considering the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers were recently tentatively sold for $2 billion.
Last year, Bowlen became the first NFL owner to reach 300 career victories by his 30th season. The Broncos won the AFC championship in the 1986, '87 and '89 seasons with Dan Reeves as coach, 1997 and '98 seasons under Mike Shanahan, and the 2013 season with Fox as coach.
They won back-to-back Super Bowls with Elway at quarterback in 1997 and 1998.
Perhaps the most astonishing feat during the Bowlen era is that the Broncos had only five losing seasons during his 30 years. Compare that to the Detroit Lions, who have posted losing records in 12 of their past 13 seasons, or the Oakland Raiders, who have nine losing seasons and two 8-8 records in their past 11.
"The reason Mr. B has been so successful is he put all his resources, his passion, his energy into winning," Ellis said. "He's a modest, kind, humble guy but you will not meet a more competitive man."
Although he was born in Wisconsin and attended college at the University of Oklahoma, Bowlen had roots in Canada, and it took a while for the Denver region to warm up to the outsider. Shy by nature, Bowlen was initially perceived as aloof by the Denver region and his image wasn't helped when he was seen wearing a fur coat on the sidelines early in his ownership tenure.
But Bowlen put away the fur coat after "The Drive" game in Cleveland in January 1987 and in time became one of the NFL's most respected and beloved owners. And productive.
Besides his work with the Broncos, Bowlen was co-chairman of the NFL's labor committee for 10 years and also chaired the broadcasting and NFL Network committees. In the NFL fiscal year from April 1, 2013, to March 31, 2014, the 32 NFL teams split $6 billion in national revenue largely built on network TV contracts.
His work largely done, Bowlen had not been active on the league committees in recent years and it was Ellis who represented the Broncos at the 2014 owners meetings in March.
Ellis, 56, worked three years with the Broncos from 1983-85, spent nine years in the NFL office, where he worked alongside Roger Goodell, now commissioner, among others, then returned to Denver, where he has spent the past 17 years with the Broncos.
Going forward, Ellis will add Broncos CEO — which had been Bowlen's role since he purchased the team in March 1984 - to his title as team president.
Ellis and Elway will continue to head the franchise in 2014, but Bowlen told The Denver Post in his last wide-ranging public interview, in August: "If something were to happen to me, I've already made this clear, this team is going to stay in the Bowlen family no matter what. It's a great asset. And it's a lot of fun if you do it right."
Bowlen has five children with his wife Annabel — Patrick, John, Brittany, Annabel and Christianna. Patrick and John are Broncos employees, and Brittany works in the league office.
Bowlen also has two children — Beth, who also works for the team, and Amie — from a previous marriage.
"Now is not the time to talk about the kids individually or collectively," Ellis said. "This is really hard for them. It's a very difficult time for Annabel and the children. They've been given an overview of the future, but their focus is on their father's health and care. They have great sadness that he won't be around to do what he did so well for 30 years. Out of respect for those kids and Annabel, now is not the time to speculate what the future holds."
Challenging as the Broncos' ownership situation might appear, it is not unprecedented. San Diego Chargers owner Alex Spanos announced in 2008 that he was suffering from a severe form of dementia. The team has long been run by his son Dean, who serves as Chargers' president and CEO.
Bowlen long ago got his affairs in order so the Broncos could carry on.
"The future is in good shape," Ellis said. "We have great people working in the football area. We have great people working in the business area. They're committed to our fans, the mission that Pat Bowlen has put in front of us. We want to carry that out on his behalf and on behalf of the fans.
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TONY GWYNN "MR. PADRE" DIES OF CANCER AT 54
Pro Players Association would like to express our heartfelt condolences to the family, Padres organization and friends of Tony Gwynn upon his passing. A great friend of Pro Players Association, he will be greatly missed.
AMY VANDYKEN ROUEN SEVERLY INJURED IN ATV ACCIDENT
Prayer request -- On Friday night June 6, a great friend of Pro Players Association Amy Van Dyken Rouen was severely injured in an ATV accident, completely severing her spinal cord. Please keep her and her husband former Bronco Tom Rouen and their family in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you.
VOLUNTEER EMERGENCY SERVICE VEHICLE RECEIVES MAKE-OVER
Thanks to Big Dog Wraps and Graphics, Castle Rock our Dodge Durango Response Vehicle was provided with lettering and graphics. We consulted with Colorado State Patrol on what can be displayed and the wording which was utilized. Thanks to Justin Byrd at Big Dog for donating the material and labor! The unit still needs new communication equipment and lighting. The engine and many mechanical parts have been repaired or replaced thanks to our sponsorship at Advance Auto Parts, Parker, Manager Tim Masek, and to Gary Grafft at D&G Automotive in Peyton for repair and installation.
*We want to make it clear we are not storm chasers. When working in a weather capacity, we work with the National Weather Service and local authorities in emergency weather notification in an effort to save lives and property. For more information visit our Volunteer Emergency Services page on this web site.
GENE MINGO TO BE INDUCTED INTO BRONCOS RING OF FAME!
CONGRATULATIONS to our great friend and Pro Players Association member Eugene Mingo on the announcement of his induction into the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame!!! Your time has arrived! Just spoke to him and congratulated him personally! He is so very happy and honored! You did it!! The wait is over! Yeah! The NOT forgotten Legend!
More congrats; Gene will be announcing the second round draft pick for the Denver Broncos live from Radio City Music Hall, NYC during this week's NFL draft! How awesome is that or what!!!
MORE RING OF FAME INDUCTEES
Our congratulations also to Rick Upchurch and Dan Reeves on the announcement of their induction into the Broncos Ring of Fame! Sweet!
So far celebrities signed up for bartending include fomer Denver Broncos Dave Studdard, Mark Cooper, Ron Egloff, and Larry Evans, former San Francisco 49er & CU QB Barry Helton, Arena League Hall of Famer Myron Jefferson, Heavyweight Boxer Chris 'DaFuture' Green, former Denver DA, author, and Court TV Star Norm Early, and the Mayor of Castle Rock Paul Donahue.
Pasta Dinner & Silent Auction Held
Pro Players Association proudly presented a Pasta Dinner & Silent Auction to benefit the Beverly Mooney Memorial Fund. The event took place at Kirk Hall at the Douglas County Event Center and Fairgrounds in Castle Rock, CO. Saturday evening May 31st, 5:30-8:30pm.
Beverly, 33 years old, passed away suddenly on Saturday, March 22, at home. She was battling Lymes disease, but her passing was unexpected. Beverly adored all children and was inspired to make a difference in the children of today. She was looking forward to becoming an educator in a local church school system.
Beverly left an immediate family consisting of her husband David and two children, Ethan 6 years old and Mikayla 4 years old. David is a firefighter and veteran of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army. The family is now in dire need of financial assistance.
A Silent Auction was presented featuring several memorabilia, collectible and special opportunity items for bid. A 50/50 will also took place awarding the winner half of the collected funds. The winner generously donated their portion back to the charity!
Thanks to the volunteers who cooked and assistied n other capacities at the event. Thanks to Safeway, Walmart, Orowheat and Carrabba's Italian Grill who dedicated sponsorship.
Financial contributions can be sent directly to: Beverly Mooney Memorial Fund, 1st Bank, 4775 Front St., Castle Rock, CO 80104.
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Annual Celebrity Tournament 2014
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COLORADO FLOOD RELIEF
"STUFF THAT TRUCK"!
Pro Players Association coordinated a drive to aid the Colorado Flood victims in the hardest hit areas of the state.
We worked with local agencies in an effort to facilitate receipt of the merchandise and distribution of the items to those most needy.
The drive has received contributions of new goods from Denver Broncos Gameday Merchandising, Kroenke Charities, Brooklyn Veterinary Clinic, Sam's Club, and Creager Mercantile.
Rocky Mountain Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Disaster Response Division, a local non profit, will assist by providing a location for distribution and volunteers. The merchandise will be distributed to FEMA-Registered victims of the floods. This is done to be sure the donated goods are getting into the right hands.
The new clothes and household goods were delivered to the Loveland, CO Flood Distribution Center on Sunday, March 16, 2014.
Volunteers at the Loveland, CO Flood Distribution Center pose with some of the new clothes and household goods gathered and donated by Pro Players Association.
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Former pro-athletes get patriotic
DENVER - Professional athletes showed their patriotism Monday morning in an attention-getting way.
Former sports athletes were out bright and early to celebrate America's Independence Day by waving flags at the Union Avenue bridge over Interstate 25. They caught the attention of drivers passing by with their patriotic display.
Former Nuggets player and now sports radio commentator Scott Hastings showed up along with MLB Hall of Famer Bob McCaslin and others.
This group of people - called the Flag Guys - gathers every major American holiday. The group was started by Denver resident Chris Tucker. Tucker works with the Professional Arena Soccer League. He gathers fellow athletes to show off their stars and stripes.
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Honor Guard representing Army, Marines, Navy and Air Force display their colors at PPA's Celebrity Bartender Night for Military Family Relief, June 2008.