According to the Denver Post, longtime Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen is stepping down after disclosing that he has Alzheimer’s disease.

“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 to the Post. “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.”

Joe Ellis, Broncos team president will take over the day-to-day operations of the team. The ownership of the team will move into the Bowlen family trust, with one of his children expected to take over ownership.

I’ve seen what Alzheimer’s can do to a person and how it affects a family. Our prayers are with Mr. Bowlen and his family as they deal with this horrible disease.

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

~Angela Davis