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Operating an NFL franchise may require money, and lots of it, but it also requires smarts. The best owners hire creative people, financially support their visions and get out of the way, at least some of the time. Just as important, the NFL's money men also learn from their mistakes and evolve their operating philosophies with the changing business environment. These are the sort of people who top SI.com writer Michael Silver's ranking of every ownership group in the NFL, from best to worst:

1. Robert Kraft (Jonathan Kraft), Patriots
2. Jerry Jones (Stephen Jones), Cowboys
3. Jerry Richardson (Mark Richardson), Panthers
4. Bryan, Joel and Ed Glazer, Buccaneers    
5. Daniel Snyder, Redskins
6. Jeffrey Lurie, Eagles
7. Bob McNair, Texans
8. Wayne Huizenga, Dolphins
9. Dan Rooney, Steelers
10. Pat Bowlen, Broncos
11. Jimmy Irsay, Colts
12. Paul Allen, Seahawks
13. Steve Bisciotti, Ravens
14. John Mara/Jonathan Tisch, Giants
15. Clark Hunt, Chiefs
16. Bob Harlan/Green Bay Packers Inc. (Brett Favre)
17. Woody Johnson, Jets
18. Bud Adams, Titans
19. Arthur Blank, Falcons
20. Al Davis, Raiders
21. Georgia Frontiere (John Shaw), Rams
22. Randy Lerner, Browns
23. Zygi Wilf, Vikings
24. Alex Spanos, Chargers
25. Denise DeBartolo York and John York, 49ers
26. Michael McCaskey, Bears
27. Bill Bidwill (Michael Bidwill), Cardinals
28. Wayne Weaver, Jaguars
29. William Clay Ford (Bill Ford Jr.), Lions
30. Ralph Wilson, Bills    
31. Tom Benson, Saints
32. Mike Brown, Bengals

That's SI's take, but what is yours? Is the thought that Jones and Snyder both being among the five best owners unfathomable? Is Detroit's William Clay Ford too high, even at 29? Where was Silver right or wrong?

 
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