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The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time 

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Updated July 13, 2020 5.5k votes 1.3k voters 21.1k views 26 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 Snyder is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time
Age 54 from Silver Spring, Maryland
Washington Redskins
2
Spanos Family is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time
Golden Boy added Spanos Family
Los Angeles Chargers
3
Jerry Jones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time
Age 76 from Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Dallas Cowboys
4
Mike Brown is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time
Cincinnati Bengals
5
Art Modell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time
Dec. at 87 (1925-2012) from New York City, New York
Cleveland Browns/Baltimore Ravens
6
Robert Irsay is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1923-1997) from Chicago, Illinois
Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts
7
The Ford Family - Detroi... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time
mike-martinez added The Ford Family - Detroit Lions
8
Randy Lerner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time
Age 57 from New York City, New York
Cleveland Browns
9
Denise DeBartolo York is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time
Denise DeBartolo York Age 69 from Youngstown, Ohio
San Francisco 49ers
10
Woody Johnson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time
Age 71 from New Brunswick, New Jersey
11
Al Davis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1929-2011) from Brockton, Massachusetts
Oakland Raiders
12
Bud Adams is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time
Dec. at 90 (1923-2013) from Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Tennessee Titans
13
Hugh Culverhouse is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time
Hugh Culverhouse
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
14
Wayne Weaver is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time
landon184 added Wayne Weaver Age 84 from Columbus, Georgia
15
Norman Braman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time
Age 86 from West Chester, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia Eagles
16
Stephen M. Ross is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time
Age 78 from Detroit, Michigan
Miami Dolphins
17
Victor Kiam is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time
Dec. at 75 (1926-2001) from New Orleans, Louisiana
New England Patriots
18
Georgia Frontiere is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time
Dec. at 81 (1927-2008) from St. Louis, Missouri
Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams
19
Billy Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time
Boston Patriots
20
Carroll Rosenbloom is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time
Dec. at 72 (1907-1979) from Baltimore, Maryland
Baltimore Colts/Los Angeles Rams
21
Ken Behring is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time
Age 90 from Freeport, Illinois
Seattle Seahawks
22
Jimmy Haslam is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time
WarrenMitchell added Jimmy Haslam Age 64 from Knoxville, Tennessee
23
John W. Mecom Jr. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time
24
Clark Hunt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time
Tom Derr added Dec. at 41 (1965-2006) from Dallas, Texas
25
Ralph Wilson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time
Dec. at 96 (1918-2014) from Columbus, Ohio
Buffalo Bills