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The best NFL team owners of all time are those legendary NFL owners of the past and present who led their respective teams to greatness. In a combination of the best current NFL team owners and those great historical National Football League team owners who founded teams, these fine men and women all helped the NFL become what it is today.

For many of these greatest NFL team owners ever, the challenge of living up to being among the best of all time is their current day job. Owners like Robert Kraft of the New England Patriots, Jim Irsay of the Indianapolis Colts, the Rooney family of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Steve Bisciotti of the Baltimore Ravens are all current NFL team owners and doing a great job at it. Many also happen to lead the stats in winning percentage and number of championships since they acquired their respective teams. Given their track record, if they are not already, all are people who should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Looking back, the legacies of the others on this list may be complete but they certainly deserve a great deal of credit. Legends to the sport like George Halas, Paul Brown and Lamar Hunt were not just great NFL team owners as they steered the Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs, respectively, but they also had major impacts on the entire league. There is a reason these men have NFL trophies named after them.

Deciding which NFL team owner is the best of all time is often a matter of which owner did the best for your favorite team but regardless of fandom, many will agree that all of these owners did much more good for their teams and the league than they did bad. Give your thoughts on which are the best NFL team owners of all time by voting, adding to or re-ranking this list below!
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Rooney family is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
Rooney family Pittsburgh Steelers

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Robert Kraft is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
Robert Kraft age 76 - New England Patriots

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George Halas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
George Halas Died at 88 (1895-1983) - Chicago Bears

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Eddie Debartolo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time

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Al Davis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
Al Davis Died at 82 (1929-2011) - Oakland Raiders

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Community Owners of the Non-pr... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
JeanneBiebel added Community Owners of the Non-profit Green Bay Packers

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Pat Bowlen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
Pat Bowlen age 71 - Denver Broncos

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Paul Brown is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
Paul Brown Died at 83 (1908-1991) - Cincinnati Bengals

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Ralph Wilson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
Ralph Wilson Buffalo Bills

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Wellington Mara is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time

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Lamar Hunt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
Lamar Hunt Died at 74 (1932-2006) - Kansas City Chiefs

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John Mara and Steve Tisch is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
John Mara and Steve Tisch New York Giants

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Steve Bisciotti is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
Steve Bisciotti age 55 - Baltimore Ravens

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Joe Robbie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
Joe Robbie Miami Dolphins

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Art Modell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
Art Modell Cleveland Browns/Baltimore Ravens

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Lee Joannes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time

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Virginia Halas McCaskey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
Virginia Halas McCaskey age 92 - Chicago Bears

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Jerry Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
Jerry Jones age 75 - Dallas Cowboys

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Clint Murchison Jr. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
Clint Murchison Jr. Dallas Cowboys

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W.W. Kelly is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time

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Carroll Rosenbloom is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
Carroll Rosenbloom Died at 72 (1907-1979) - Indianapolis Colts

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Bill Bidwill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
Bill Bidwill age 84 - Arizona Cardinals

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Tony Morabito is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time

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Jeffrey Lurie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
Jeffrey Lurie age 66 - Philadelphia Eagles

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Jim Irsay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
Jim Irsay age 56 - Indianapolis Colts