The image of Annabel Bowlen accepting the Broncos’ third Lombardi Trophy after Super Bowl 50 is as indelible as it is a piece of a cornerstone moment in Denver’s history.

Since 2014, Mrs. Bowlen has helped guide the franchise as Owner Pat Bowlen has fought Alzheimer’s with strength and endurance.

On that February night in Santa Clara, California — and on every day before and since — Mrs. Bowlen represented her husband with determination and grace.

Now, Mrs. Bowlen has expressed a desire to display the same qualities as she begins her own battle against Alzheimer’s.

If Mrs. Bowlen’s demeanor over the past three decades standing alongside her husband is any indication, then there should be no question in regard to how she will approach her latest challenge.

Consider the unimaginably difficult situation in which Mrs. Bowlen found herself when Mr. Bowlen stepped away from the team in 2014 to fight Alzheimer’s.

She had to do more than just represent the Broncos and the city of Denver. Mrs. Bowlen also had to cope as her friend and husband struggled against an evil disease.

A look at Annabel Bowlen’s years with the Broncos.

Annabel Bowlen finishes her speech with a flourish during Ring of Fame induction ceremonies for her husband, Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen, on Nov. 1, 2015.

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Demaryius Thomas greets Annabel Bowlen prior to the Broncos’ Super Bowl 50 team photo on Feb. 6, 2016.

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Peyton Manning greets Annabel Bowlen prior to the Broncos’ Super Bowl 50 team photo on Feb. 6, 2016.

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Annabel Bowlen holds the Ring of Fame ring for Red Miller’s wife, Nan Miller, during the halftime

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