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Broncos owner says team needed change

Updated: January 1, 2009, 1:20 AM ET
Associated Press

DENVER -- They were best friends as much as employee and boss. Nothing told that story better than the tears in the eyes of Pat Bowlen and Mike Shanahan as they talked about their sad farewell.

"This is as tough as it gets," Bowlen said Wednesday, his eyes moist, as he explained his day-old decision to fire the coach who finally brought the Super Bowl trophy to Denver.

"These are tough decisions, but that's what leaders do," Shanahan said, also trying to choke back tears.

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