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.
“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.”