Jets Owner Woody Johnson: Is He the New George?

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Sep 25, 2011; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Jets owner Woody Johnson attends the game against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

When Woody Johnson bought the Jets from the Hess family years ago, we didn’t hear a lot from him. He let the football people run the football operations. From Bill Parcells, to Terry Bradway, to finally when Mike Tannenbaum started. We knew who Woody was, mainly because the Hess family owned the team for so long, and Woody Johnson’s companies were well known.

But, in the last few years, something has changed, have you noticed?

Woody Johnson likes seeing his name in the papers. He likes to go out and get the big name players. Brett Favre. Santonio Holmes. Ladainian Tomlinson. Plaxico Burress. All the way up to Tim Tebow.

He likes to have the Jets on TV. He comments about the team, more than he ever did before, especially recently. He likes to see his name in print, and he likes to see the Jets in print, even when the fact of the matter is that they are not relevant.

You can summarize the change in Woody Johnson this way, he likes to see himself, and his team, on the backpages. Whether or not his team is relevant, he likes it. Even if the team that cohabitates their stadium wins the Super Bowl, Woody likes the back pages.

Hmm…….Didn’t there used to be an owner in this town that loved the backpages? There was a guy that loved to hear himself talk, steal the headlines all the time, and make waves to be constantly on the backpages in NY. He used to sign all the big names to play on his team.

Remember this guy?

George Steinbrenner loved the headlines, just the way Woody Johnson seems to.

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