Mike Florio earlier today brought you the news that longtime New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner passed away after suffering a heart attack. Steinbrenner’s death has not gone unnoticed in NFL circles.
Both New York teams paid their respects via statements on Tuesday.
“George Steinbrenner is an American icon and was one of the preeminent owners in all of sports,” said Jets owner Woody Johnson. “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.”
Added 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 person as has ever been in sports. His was a unique, special and unforgettable presence.”
Redskins owner Dan Snyder wrote the following:
“I am sorry to hear of the passing of George Steinbrenner. I have a tremendous amount of respect for what he was able to accomplish, both in business and professional sports. He was very warm and gracious to me, personally writing numerous encouraging letters supporting my ownership of the Washington Redskins. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”