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Woody Johnson Ranks 12th in Owner Rankings

Yahoo! Sports columnist Michael Silver just published his fifth annual owner rankings. Coming in at number 12 this year was none other than the Jets own Woody Johnson. This is the highest Johnson has ever ranked on the list. His previous high was 16.

12. New York Jets – Woody Johnson: This was another tough call, because for as much promise Johnson’s franchise displayed during last January’s impressive playoff run and in the months that followed, I can see the potential for disaster looming. With a trash-talking head coach (Rex Ryan) proclaiming that the Jets are the NFL’s team to beat, a high-profile holdout by his best player (star cornerback Darrelle Revis that may or may not end happily and a splashy new facility that Ryan brazenly dubbed “Jets Stadium” as a dig at the team’s rival co-tenants, Johnson could see all that bravado backfire in a big way. Then again, as a journalist I applaud him for creating an open, entertaining atmosphere where, as one rival owner scoffs, “It’s like Chad Ochocinco(notes) is the head coach” – and where film crews have been present to document it for “Hard Knocks” viewers all summer long. And really, why not put it all out there? Johnson has ample reason to be proud: He built his team a state-of-the-art training facility, joined the Giants in getting a $1.6 billion stadium constructed and put the pedal to the metal in pursuit of a championship. Despite a rough year in which he lost a daughter, Johnson has displayed a deep commitment to running a high-octane operation and fielding a team that is capable of backing up Ryan’s boasts.

Since buying the team in 2000 Johnson has had his struggles, but things are looking way up now. The team has a new state of the art stadium and he has hired the right men to construct a Super Bowl worthy team.

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One Response to “Woody Johnson Ranks 12th in Owner Rankings”

  1. Mark Holt says:

    My favorite AFC team is embarrassing. Rex is an embarrassment to humankind. Evolution? Foorget about it. What a dumb ape. Good luck going 500. Mark Holt. 651-336-8700. Idiot

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