Broncos set to open training camp Thursday minus Pat Bowlen

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- For three decades, Pat Bowlen developed a championship culture at Dove Valley. The players and coaches Thursday will say they are just focusing on football, but as a new season begins with the start of training camp, it's also a time to reflect.

For the first time in 30 years, Broncos owner Pat Bowlen won't be seen at training camp. Rarely is John Elway seen getting emotional, but he did Wednesday as he talked about Bowlen, who produced a winning culture with more than 300 wins, six Super Bowl appearances and two championships.

The team announced Wednesday Bowlen is giving up control of the organization as he battles Alzheimer's disease.

"This place will never be the same," said Elway, the team's general manager. "Having worked for him for 30 years, it's gonna be very hard not to see him walk through the front doors everyday. He has given me so much."

You would think the Broncos will use this as extra motivation to get back to the Super Bowl, but Elway says because of the winning culture at Dove Valley, the team is motivated every season.

A reminder to fans, practices at Dove Valley are closed this year because of construction. There will be opportunities to watch practices at Sports Authority Field on Sunday as well as July 30 and Aug. 2.