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We'll kick things off with some sad news from the Mile High City.
When the Denver Broncos began camp on Wednesday, it was without the man who has guided arguably the most successful three-decade stretch in NFL history at the helm.
As Ken Belson of The New York Times reports, Broncos owner Pat Bowlen has ceded control of the team to team president Joe Ellis while he continues to battle Alzheimer's disease.
The team issued a statement, via The Denver Post:
The Broncos are very saddened that Mr. Bowlen is no longer able to be part of the team's daily operations due to his condition. We continue to offer our full support, compassion and respect to 'Mr. B,' who has faced Alzheimer's disease with such dignity and strength.
Since Bowlen purchased the team in 1984, the Broncos have made it to six Super Bowls, winning two.
It's the most appearances by any team in the NFL over that stretch.
The news hit the best player in team history especially hard, according to Kevin Patra of NFL.com:
"What a sad day it is around here," John Elway said rawly. "This place will never be the same. I can say at least from the inside out, it will never be the same.
"It's going to be very hard to not see him walk through those front door every day," Elway said breaking up. "He's given me so much, as a player, to be able to play for him...now having worked for him for three years he's given us every opportunity, every resource that he has to be able to put the best football team on the football field and compete for world championships and that is what Pat's all about."
Our thoughts and prayers are with Bowlen and his family, and we wish him nothing but the best in his fight against Alzheimer's.