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The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time  

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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.
list ordered by
1
Daniel Snyder is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time
age 54
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
Art Modell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time
Dec. at 87 (1925-2012)
Cleveland Browns/Baltimore Ravens
4
Jerry Jones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time
age 73
Dallas Cowboys
5
Mike Brown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time
age 83
Cincinnati Bengals
6
Robert Irsay is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1923-1997)
Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts
7
Denise DeBartolo York is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time
age 69
San Francisco 49ers
8
Randy Lerner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time
age 57
Cleveland Browns
9
The Ford Family - Detroit Lion... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time
mike-martinez added The Ford Family - Detroit Lions
10
Woody Johnson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time
age 71
11
Al Davis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1929-2011)
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)
Tennessee Titans
13
Hugh Culverhouse is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time
Dec. at 75 (1919-1994)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
14
Georgia Frontiere is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time
Dec. at 81 (1927-2008)
Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams
15
Norman Braman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time
age 86
Philadelphia Eagles
16
Victor Kiam is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time
Dec. at 75 (1926-2001)
New England Patriots
17
Stephen M. Ross is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time
age 78
Miami Dolphins
18
Carroll Rosenbloom is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time
Dec. at 72 (1907-1979)
Baltimore Colts/Los Angeles Rams
19
Billy Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time
Dec. at 83 (1915-1998)
Boston Patriots
20
Clark Hunt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time
Tom Derr added Dec. at 41 (1965-2006)
21
Ken Behring is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time
age 90
Seattle Seahawks
22
John W. Mecom Jr. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time
23
Robert Kraft is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time
Larry Rhodes added age 77
24
Ralph Wilson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time
Dec. at 96 (1918-2014)
Buffalo Bills