Ravens linebacker Elvis Dumervil reflected Wednesday on the news that Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen — Dumervil’s boss in Denver for seven seasons — was ceding control of the team as he dealt with Alzheimer’s disease.
“He gave me my first start in the NFL, obviously, being the leader there,” Dumervil said. “[He] rewarded me a second contract, so I’ll be forever grateful. He helped impact my life, my family for generations to come.”
Dumervil made three Pro Bowls for Bowlen’s Broncos, and was an All-Pro in 2009, when he set a then-franchise record with 19 sacks. He came to the Ravens after an issue with his contract following the 2012 season, but remembers his time playing in Bowlen’s organization fondly.
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“He was a great guy,” Dumervil said. “He always asked about my health, and when I was out for the year [in 2010 with torn pectoral muscle], we talked a bit. He was always great for me, and I was always grateful for that.”