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Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen dies at 75

Pat Bowlen, the owner of the Denver Broncos whose tenure included seven Super Bowl appearances and three titles, died Thursday night, his family announced in a statement .

Bowlen, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year, suffered from Alzheimer's disease.

His illness was announced by the team in July 2014, and shortly after, after he stepped down as chief executive officer, NBC Sports reported .

Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway and Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, left, gather for a photo during an NFL football news conference at the team's headquarters in Englewood, Colorado on Jan. 5, 2011.Ed Andrieski / AP fileBroncos director of sports medicine, Steve Antonopulos, affectionately known as "Greek," was chosen to present Bowlen into the Pro Football Hall of Fame during the Aug. 3 enshrinement ceremony in Canton, Ohio,, the Associated Press reported.

Even during his battle with Alzheimer’s, you could still see that same strength and dignity in Pat that he brought to the office every single day for more than 30 years."

"With the fans, Pat felt in many ways that his team belonged to them and approached things with that in mind," Ellis said.

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