NFL The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time  

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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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192 114
Rooney family is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
Pittsburgh Steelers

2
201 149
Robert Kraft is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
age 78 - New England Patriots

3
123 88
Community Owners of the Non-pr... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
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4
129 95
George Halas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
Dec. at 88 (1895-1983) - Chicago Bears

5
133 99
Eddie Debartolo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time

6
89 61
Pat Bowlen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
age 75 - Denver Broncos

7
84 59
Paul Brown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
Dec. at 83 (1908-1991) - Cincinnati Bengals

8
128 104
Al Davis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1929-2011) - Oakland Raiders

9
73 54
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
81 74
Ralph Wilson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
Buffalo Bills

11
54 63
Wellington Mara is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time

12
50 60
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

13
33 44
Joe Robbie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
Joe Robbie Miami Dolphins

14
63 97
Jerry Jones is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
age 77 - Dallas Cowboys

15
30 49
Virginia Halas McCaskey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
age 96 - Chicago Bears

16
37 61
Steve Bisciotti is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
age 59 - Baltimore Ravens

17
21 42
Clint Murchison Jr. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
Clint Murchison Jr. Dallas Cowboys

18
42 79
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
19 44
Lee Joannes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time

20
17 41
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
11 33
Tony Morabito is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time

22
14 41
Bill Bidwill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
age 88 - Arizona Cardinals

23
10 35
W.W. Kelly is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time

24
17 53
Jeffrey Lurie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
age 68 - Philadelphia Eagles

25
28 76
Jim Irsay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Team Owners of All Time
age 60 - Indianapolis Colts