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The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time

Updated July 13, 2020 5.9k votes 1.5k voters 22.3k views26 items

The worst NFL team owners of all time are those men and women who were the best at being the worst professional football team owners ever. These National Football League owners alienated fans, meddled in important team decisions and up and moved beloved teams out from under the cities that adored them. If there was a guide to how to own an NFL team, these examples would be in the "don't do this" category. Best NFL team owners of all time these are not.

For many of these bad NFL team owners, it was one big event or decision that put them among the worst owners ever. Take Art Modell for example. Despite promising that he'd never do such a thing, his choice to move his Cleveland Browns franchise to Baltimore, Maryland, right under the nose of everyone involved, is still seen as one of the most offensive actions done by an NFL team owner ever. But Modell isn't the only owner to move a team with others like Rams owner Georgia Frontiere and Colts owner Robert Irsay also disappointing fans with sudden team relocations.

In other cases, it was a career full of meddling with team business and disappointing team performance that earned the owners places on this list. Few can deny that the Oakland Raiders were abysmal at best under the ownership of Al Davis or that Dan Synder will be remembered for doing more harm than good at the helm of the Washington Redskins.

So between the current NFL team owners who disappoint fans on a regular basis to those historically awful owners who made unpopular decisions that are still not forgotten, these men and women will be remembered as the worst NFL team owners of all time.
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  • Daniel Snyder1
    554
    148
    Washington Redskins
  • Spanos Family2
    407
    115

    Spanos Family

    Los Angeles Chargers
  • The Ford Family - Detroit Lions3
    233
    63

    The Ford Family - Detroit Lions

  • Mike Brown4
    309
    106

    Mike Brown

    Age: 85
    Cincinnati Bengals
  • Robert Irsay5
    202
    80

    Robert Irsay

    Dec. at 74 (1923-1997)
    Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts
  • Woody Johnson6
    151
    51
  • Art Modell7
    274
    133

    Art Modell

    Dec. at 87 (1925-2012)
    Cleveland Browns/Baltimore Ravens
  • Jerry Jones8
    391
    216
    Dallas Cowboys
  • Randy Lerner9
    146
    55
    Cleveland Browns
  • Denise DeBartolo York10
    143
    70

    Denise DeBartolo York

    Age: 70
    San Francisco 49ers
  • Bud Adams11
    120
    65

    Bud Adams

    Dec. at 90 (1923-2013)
    Tennessee Titans
  • Hugh Culverhouse12
    92
    45

    Hugh Culverhouse

    Dec. at 75 (1919-1994)
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Georgia Frontiere13
    105
    78

    Georgia Frontiere

    Dec. at 81 (1927-2008)
    Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams
  • Victor Kiam14
    68
    40

    Victor Kiam

    Dec. at 75 (1926-2001)
    New England Patriots
  • Al Davis15
    185
    162

    Al Davis

    Dec. at 82 (1929-2011)
    Oakland Raiders
  • Stephen M. Ross16
    79
    55
    Miami Dolphins
  • Norman Braman17
    77
    54
    Philadelphia Eagles
  • Billy Sullivan18
    49
    42

    Billy Sullivan

    Dec. at 83 (1915-1998)
    Boston Patriots
  • 19
    15
    4

    Jimmy Haslam

    Age: 66
  • Carroll Rosenbloom20
    46
    56

    Carroll Rosenbloom

    Dec. at 72 (1907-1979)
    Baltimore Colts/Los Angeles Rams
  • Ken Behring21
    41
    49
    Seattle Seahawks
  • 22
    5
    2

    Wayne Weaver

    Age: 85
  • John W. Mecom Jr.23
    31
    45
  • Ralph Wilson24
    41
    100

    Ralph Wilson

    Dec. at 96 (1918-2014)
    Buffalo Bills
  • Robert Kraft25
    71
    167

    Robert Kraft

    Age: 79