Shutdown Corner

  • John Elway cries talking about Broncos owner Pat Bowlen

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner14 hrs ago

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – John Elway sat down to talk about Pat Bowlen, and after a few opening words there was silence.

    Elway looked down, trying to compose himself. After a long pause he finally exhaled loudly. It never got easier.

    On Wednesday the Broncos announced that Bowlen, the team's owner for 30 years, is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. He has stepped down completely from running the team. The sadness at the Broncos' facility, as players reported for training camp, was palpable. Nobody in the organization was hit harder by the news than Elway.

    Not long after Elway, the team's general manager, continued to speak about Bowlen, following his long pause, he started crying. It was as emotional as he has been in public since his retirement media conference in 1999.

    "This place will never be the same," he said.

    The news about Bowlen might not have had an enormous effect around the country because Bowlen wasn't a celebrity owner. And that's what made him so popular in Denver.

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