The NFL community continues to react to the death of legendary New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, a pionner in terms of sports ownership.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, perhaps the NFL owner who can most closely be associated with Steinbrenner, reacted:
“First and foremost this man was a winner. From a person with my perspective, he was an inspiration in the area of doing everything possible – within the rules – to win,” Jones said in a statement released by the Cowboys.
“George redefined professional sports ownership with his vision, his ability to build a champion and a passionate approach that lifted the visibility and popularity of his franchise and his sport,” Jones continued. “From an interest level, baseball was always better when the profile and the performance of the New York Yankees was at a high level, and George always made sure that was the case.
“I admired his willingness to promote and support all sports at all levels. I appreciated his understanding of the invaluable asset of involving his family in the management of the Yankees. I took pride in calling him a friend, an advisor, an inspiration and later, a business partner.
“We have lost a true leader in sports – someone who not only saw the big picture but helped create the scene on the canvas.”
The Glazer family, whose football stadium is across the street from Legends Field in Tampa, the spring training facility of the Yankees, also reacted in a statement released by the Buccaneers:
“The sports world and Tampa community have lost a legend and a friend. George was one of the most consequential and colorful executives in sports history. He helped restore his proud franchise to its unique place in sports and society. However, his greatest contributions weren't those that graced the sports page. He was a caring, gentle giant in our community. George will be sorely missed.”
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