DENVER -- Denver Broncos fans who've had so much to celebrate in the history of the team, find nothing to cheer in the news of Pat Bowlen's departure from the team because of Alzheimer's.
"The passion of orange and blue is hard to explain. It's like meeting your wife and falling in love," says self-professed super fan, Ralph Williams, AKA, Limo Driver.
The passion he has for the Broncos is owed to owner Pat Bowlen, whose leadership made the state swoon with his commitment to win.
"You talk to any Broncos fan, we expect to win, we expect to go to the Super Bowl. If we don't go to the Super Bowl, we're like, 'Hey, what happened?'" says Limo Driver.
But now fans ask what happens to the team going forward, as Bowlen bows out of daily operations because of his progressing illness.
"Makes them forget who they are, what they are about, their loved ones," says another super fan James Chavez AKA Orange Vader.
He says news of Bowlen's health is sad.
But he's happy about the direction of the team--thanks to the 70-year-old's leadership.
"He knew how to build this team. He knew what was wrong, what was right. He just wanted to get the right pieces into the stadium, into the team, into the coaching staff," says Orange Vader.
They say they'll always remember how Bowlen helped usher in thrilling back-to-back Super Bowl wins.
And they hope somehow he never forgets what he means to the state.
"I hope that stays with him. I hope he never forgets what that is, and what he was a part of--that he was a part of the history of this and he was the greatest," says Orange Vader.
"It robs you of so many wonderful memories and being a Broncos fan, we got nothing but memories," says Limo Driver.