Sometimes in life, you have to put yourself first instead of continuing your normal day to day job. That saying can be related to Pat Bowlen. Over the last few seasons, the guy referred to in Denver as “Mr. B” has had a reduced role with his Denver Broncos football team as he has been secretly battling Alzheimer’s disease. Today, the news came out that he would step down as the team’s owner due to his Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Team president Joe Ellis will now take control of the team.
This is a sad day in our league. Mr. Bowlen had become one of the league’s finest owners in his 30 years with the Broncos. Let’s take a look at the team’s winning percentage since he bought the team. Since becoming the owner of the Broncos in 1984, they have owned the second-best winning percentage in football behind the San Francisco 49ers. He became their owner in March of 1984. Denver’s winning percentage is .604, they’ve made six Super Bowl appearances and have won two of those in back to back season to send the legend John Elway out on top, the Broncos have sold out every game during his tenure as owner and he is also a member of the Colorado Sports Hall Of Fame. He’s been a very vital piece to a very successful organization in the National Football League.
I know the affect Alzheimer’s can have on a family. My grandfather was diagnosed with the disease in 2009 and it’s much more than memory loss. They just aren’t able to do as much for themselves as they once used too. From myself and all of us at The Daily Blitz, we would like to wish Mr. Bowlen the very best in continuing to fight this disease.