Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Another look at Woody Johnson's power
To follow up on Tuesday's edition of our Power Rankings, ESPNNewYork.com reporter Rich Cimini took a closer look at why Jets owner Woody Johnson made the list.
Johnson came in at No. 10 overall. AFC West blogger Bill Williamson rated Johnson seventh. AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky and I had him listed eighth. Four panelists didn't include Johnson on their ballots.
Cimini wrote Johnson was deserving of top-10 status:
He's in the winning business and, in 11 seasons as the Jets' owner, Johnson has presided over a consistent winner -- six playoff appearances and eight winning seasons. Two of the three losing seasons came when they suffered major injuries at quarterback (2003 and 2005).
Cimini also mentioned Johnson keeps football operations well-funded, built an impressive new headquarters in Florham Park, N.J., and played an instrumental role in getting the new Meadowlands stadium constructed and convincing the NFL to move the Super Bowl to a cold-weather, open-air locale.