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Thursday, June 5, 2014
Patriots owner Robert Kraft turns 73 today

By Mike Reiss

Patriots owner Robert Kraft celebrates his 73rd birthday today, and this marks his family's 21st season leading the franchise.

Over that time, the Patriots have won 13 division titles, six conference championships, and three Super Bowl championships. Not a bad run.

On Kraft's birthday, let's take a look at NFL ownership through the lens of age:

Virginia Halas McCaskey (Bears) -- 91
Alex Spanos (Chargers) -- 90
Martha Ford (Lions) --88
Tom Benson (Saints) -- 86
Bill Bidwell (Cardinals) -- 82
Dan Rooney (Steelers) -- 81
Mike Brown (Bengals) -- 78
Bob McNair (Texans) -- 77
Jerry Richardson (Panthers) -- 77
Stephen Ross (Dolphins) -- 74
Robert Kraft (Patriots) -- 73
Arthur Blank (Falcons) -- 71
Jerry Jones (Cowboys) -- 71
Pat Bowlen (Broncos) -- 70
Woody Johnson (Jets) -- 67
Stan Kroenke (Rams) -- 66
Steve Tisch (Giants) -- 65/John Mara (Giants) -- 59
Zygi Wilf (Vikings) -- 64
Jeffrey Lurie (Eagles) -- 62
Mary Wilson (Bills) -- 62
Paul Allen (Seahawks) -- 61
Shad Khan (Jaguars) -- 61
Jimmy Haslam (Browns) -- 60
Mark Davis (Raiders) -- late 50s
Steve Bisciotti (Ravens) -- 54
Jim Irsay (Colts) -- 54
Clark Hunt (Chiefs) -- 49
Daniel Snyder (Redskins) -- 49

NOTES: This list doesn't include the Titans, which is owned by KS Bud Adams Enterprises, which is divided in thirds between the late Bud Adams' two daughters and the family of his deceased son. It also doesn't include the Packers, who are publicly owned. Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer passed away on May 28, and the plans are to keep the team in the family with his wife Linda and their five sons and one daughter. The 49ers are also not reflected in this snapshot, as there are multiple layers of ownership.