NFL community bids farewell to Steinbrenner

With the passing of George Steinbrenner on Tuesday morning in Tampa, Fla., the sports world confronts the loss of one of its most memorable and often controversial figures.

Steinbrenner was an original. During his nearly four-decade reign as owner of the New York Yankees — which saw the Bronx Bombers win seven World Series championships, 11 American League pennants and 16 AL East titles — Steinbrenner made his share of allies and enemies, but his desire to win was unquestioned.

Today, NFL owners and executives are paying their respects to the man affectionately known as “the Boss”:

  • Giants President John Mara: “The passing of George Steinbrenner leaves a significant void in the fabric of the sports world and New York City. The thoughts and prayers of our organization are with the Steinbrenner and Yankees families. George’s energy and his commitment and devotion to the Yankees were unmatched, and he was as generous and charitable a person as has ever been in sports. His was a unique, special and unforgettable presence.”
  • Giants Chairman Steve Tisch: “George Steinbrenner was a dynamic personality in sports and in business. He was the ultimate competitor in both worlds. All of us in the business of sports want to win; that is the objective. George personified that ambition. He and his good works will be missed dearly. George and my father had a special relationship; they were both good businessmen, and George loved the Yankees and my father loved the Giants.”
  • Jets Chairman and CEO Woody Johnson: “George Steinbrenner is an American icon and was one of the preeminent owners in all of sports. A true champion with his own unique style, he held his team to the highest standards and demanded a title for Yankees fans each and every season. I will remember him as a winner whose passion and enthusiasm became part of the fabric of New York City. He was an inspiration and represented the essence of leadership.”
  • Cowboys Owner and General Manager Jerry Jones: “First and foremost this man was a winner … 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. 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.”
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Malcom Glazer and family: “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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