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NFL teams pay respects to Steinbrenner

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.”
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26 Responses to “NFL teams pay respects to Steinbrenner”
  1. Fed up says: Jul 13, 2010 1:51 PM

    All the money in the world can’t buy off the Grim Reaper.

  2. Fed up says: Jul 13, 2010 1:55 PM

    Didn’t Steinbrenner get suspended from baseball for two years back in the 70′s for giving illegal campaign contribuitions to Richard Nixon?

  3. chc4 says: Jul 13, 2010 1:57 PM

    Rumor is Steinbrenner got all worked up last night over Constanza being late with his calzone. Tough way to go!

  4. wwwmattcom says: Jul 13, 2010 2:08 PM

    Steinbrenner is the most important most famous most succesful owner in professional sports history. When the Yankees could no longer own the farm systems, Steinbrenner created a farm system out of the league he was in and bought prize stock from teams he would later smother. If only other teams could have kept up.

  5. mama tried says: Jul 13, 2010 2:09 PM

    RIP George……….
    danny boy said….
    “He was very warm and gracious to me, personally writing numerous encouraging letters supporting my ownership of the Washington Redskins. ”
    Well there is a 1st time for everything huh? You rich little prick!

  6. EG says: Jul 13, 2010 2:13 PM

    you mean both New Jersey teams paid their respects? there’s only one NFL team in NY

  7. Brian Sipe says: Jul 13, 2010 2:14 PM

    Must be Cliff Lee’s fault.

  8. The Real Shuxion says: Jul 13, 2010 2:16 PM

    # Fed up says: July 13, 2010 1:55 PM
    Didn’t Steinbrenner get suspended from baseball for two years back in the 70′s for giving illegal campaign contribuitions to Richard Nixon?
    ——————————————————
    And in 1990-1993. Don’t remember why, think it had something to do with Winfield.

  9. Ska4Life says: Jul 13, 2010 2:30 PM

    LOL @ Dan Snyder

  10. robert ethen says: Jul 13, 2010 2:37 PM

    Steinbrenner in turn thinks the passing of Sanchez, Eli Manning, and McNabb is really sad and leaves a big void.

  11. Burning River says: Jul 13, 2010 3:03 PM

    Rest in peace, Mr. Steinbrenner. Thanks for the laughs…

  12. robert ethen says: Jul 13, 2010 3:26 PM

    Shameless currying of George’s favor by these guys.
    But you never know where he might be able to put in a good word for you.

  13. bigdawg24 says: Jul 13, 2010 3:27 PM

    The World’s a better place today.

  14. footballhistorian says: Jul 13, 2010 3:34 PM

    Did I just read that the guy who own’s the Jets name is Woody Johnson???? Really…that’s better than Peter O’Toole.
    Woody ought to work with Jimmy Johnson on those extenze commercials….but I digress

  15. realitypolice says: Jul 13, 2010 3:42 PM

    The Real Shuxion says:
    July 13, 2010 2:16 PM
    # Fed up says: July 13, 2010 1:55 PM
    Didn’t Steinbrenner get suspended from baseball for two years back in the 70′s for giving illegal campaign contribuitions to Richard Nixon?
    ——————– ——————– ————–
    And in 1990-1993. Don’t remember why, think it had something to do with Winfield.
    =============================
    He paid some low life gambler to dig up dirt on Winfield. When the suspension was announced at Yankee Stadium, there was a standing ovation.
    Ol’ George wasn’t always as popular as he was in later years. But no question, the man cared about winning.
    RIP

  16. bigdan7885 says: Jul 13, 2010 3:47 PM

    @robert ethen
    What does that even mean?

  17. bigrig says: Jul 13, 2010 3:48 PM

    Hey Steeler fans, take a look at the Yankees history and tell us you still want to brag about your six titles.
    Didn’t think so.

  18. realityonetwo says: Jul 13, 2010 6:31 PM

    Snyder, you admire him so much, how about throwing yourself in front of a semi?

  19. DcNinerFan says: Jul 13, 2010 6:37 PM

    bigrig – Baseball’s a joke, almost as boring as soccer, only slightly more entertaining than Cricket, so saying the Wankees have more titles in baseball is like saying Baltimore is the STD capital of the US. Its a fact, but nothing to be proud of.
    The rules need to be changed to speed up the game, maybe make it mandatory to pitch within a time limit (kinda like a delay of game thing) and do away with the stupid “any foul ball after the 2nd is not a strike” BS. Boy, I’m sure many QB’s would love to have multiple do overs if they had to throw OB…

  20. Boo Hoo Florio picked on your team - GET OVER IT says: Jul 13, 2010 6:48 PM

    “# bigdawg24 says: July 13, 2010 3:27 PM
    The World’s a better place today.”
    —————————–
    CLASSY!

    RIP, George.

  21. tom coughlin's coat holder says: Jul 13, 2010 6:53 PM

    george had a lot of good moments but he also had some bad moments.the idea that he was the architect of this super team is not correct.when he was banished from baseball in the early nineties,there was a group of people within the yankee organization that took control of the direction of the yankees and decided to build a farm system from the bottom up,this is where the so called”core”came from,jeter posada,reviera and petitte.this was the basis of the new dynasty that won five world championships.
    the unsung hero of this palace coup was gene michaels,most people don’t even know who he is but believe me this guy was the father of this dynasty.
    because george was so obsessed about being in the limelight,michaels never got his due.

  22. NFLpuppetmaster says: Jul 13, 2010 8:36 PM

    If I see one more idiot praise this guy as if he was the second coming I’m going to puke. Steinbrenner was an a**hole and crook. I am so sick of everyone coming out of the woodwork and praising every famous person who dies. A turd is still a turd, even in death.

  23. Boo Hoo Florio picked on your team - GET OVER IT says: Jul 13, 2010 10:42 PM

    @NFLpuppetmaster

    I’m coming to your funeral and crapping all over your legacy.

  24. monropoobah says: Jul 14, 2010 5:59 AM

    @robert ethen
    i don’t get that one either

  25. jon evans says: Jul 14, 2010 8:13 AM

    He was certainly a winner, no question, but he was also a first class A**hole! He ruined baseball with his $300 million payrolls, etc.
    And lets not forget, he won 7 Championships in 37 years, but the team already had 20 when he bought the club. The way he is praised, you would think he won 20…..
    I am willing to bet, that if you took the Yankees payroll, and gave it to another team, that team would win more than 7 titles in the next 37 years

  26. edgy says: Jul 14, 2010 10:24 AM

    tom coughlin’s coat holder says:
    george had a lot of good moments but he also had some bad moments.the idea that he was the architect
    ********************
    Gene was also the king of the deadline trade. He got guys from teams that had signed their stars to hometown discounts, like Clemens and got guys like Strawberry on the free agent market for almost nothing. George would throw money at the guys to keep them but Gene would get them on the cheap and he made sure that the Yankees only paid for performance.
    I’m not a fan of the Yankees but I do admire what those two did but more so, Gene because he showed what the club could do if they let their people run it and the owner just signed the checks. The irony is that George’s “lifetime” suspension opened the door for all of this and the Yankees might have only won one championship if he was still meddling.

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