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The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time 

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Updated August 2, 2019 4.4k votes 949 voters 12.3k views 26 items

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
Pittsburgh Steelers
2
Robert Kraft is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
Robert Kraft Age: 78
3
George Halas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
Dec. at 88 (1895-1983)
Chicago Bears
4
Al Davis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1929-2011)
Oakland Raiders
5
Pat Bowlen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
Age: 75
Denver Broncos
6
Community Owners of the ... 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
7
Eddie Debartolo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
8
Paul Brown is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
Dec. at 83 (1908-1991)
Cincinnati Bengals
9
Lamar Hunt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1932-2006)
Kansas City Chiefs
10
Ralph Wilson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
Buffalo Bills
11
Wellington Mara is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
12
Joe Robbie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
Joe Robbie
Miami Dolphins
13
Virginia Halas McCaskey ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
Age: 96
Chicago Bears
14
John Mara and Steve Tisc... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
John Mara and Steve Tisch
New York Giants
15
Jerry Jones is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
Age: 77
Dallas Cowboys
16
Paul Allen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
szeitner added Age: 66
17
Steve Bisciotti is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
Age: 59
Baltimore Ravens
18
Art Modell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
Art Modell
Cleveland Browns/Baltimore Ravens
19
Clint Murchison Jr. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
Clint Murchison Jr.
Dallas Cowboys
20
Carroll Rosenbloom is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
Dec. at 72 (1907-1979)
Indianapolis Colts
21
Jeffrey Lurie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
Age: 68
Philadelphia Eagles
22
Jim Irsay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
Age: 60
Indianapolis Colts
23
Lee Joannes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
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Bill Bidwill is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
Age: 88
Arizona Cardinals
25
Tony Morabito is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time