KUSA - Broncos owner Pat Bowlen officially stepped aside on Wednesday as he continues to battle Alzheimer's disease, but don't expect things around the team to change too much if any. President Joe Ellis has already been calling the shots for a quite while.
In January of 2011, Ellis took over as the team's President. That came after 16 seasons with the Broncos. Ellis started with the organization back in 1983 as their Director of Marketing. Ellis left in 1985 but returned 13 years later as the Broncos Executive Vice President of Business Operations. Ten years later Ellis became the team's CEO before taking over as President on January 5, 2011.
Joe Ellis also played a major role in bringing back John Elway as the Executive President of Football Operations in 2011.
Ellis, who's worked with Pat Bowlen for some 30 years, will call the shots now, but eventually one of the children of Pat Bowlen will take over and run the team according to a statement released by the Broncos.
"Mr. Bowlen's long-term hope is for one of his children to run the Broncos at the appropriate time, and his succession plan will continue to be implemented by our organization in compliance with NFL ownership policies."
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