They preside over extremely valuable assets known otherwise as NFL franchises. They’re incredibly rich. And with bombastic personalities like Jerry Jones, Robert Kraft, or even outspoken luminaries such as the Rooney family, the NFL’s fraternity of owners has no shortage of larger than life personalities. But what about the team owners who don’t leave much of an impression on the public or their fan base at all? Let’s take a look at five of the most anonymous NFL owners.
Bill Bidwell, Arizona Cardinals
Cardinals’ owner Bill Bidwell inherited the team from his mother Violet, and he has a reported net worth of $1.4 billion. The team has been family-owned since 1932.
Bidwell rarely makes headlines, maybe in part due to the fact that he leaves day-to-day operations of the team to his son Michael. In recent years, Michael has made more waves than his father. In 2018 he stated that players should restrict their game day protest activities in the wake of the Colin Kaepernick kneeling controversy sweeping the league. He also provided support for embattled Supreme Court candidate and former classmate Brett Kavanaugh.
The Bidwell family made its fortune from the Cardinals, buying the team for the equivalent of $918,000 in 1932. The team is valued at more than $2.5 billion today.
Virginia Halas-McCaskey, Chicago Bears
If Halas-McCaskey’s name appears familiar to football fans, that’s for good reason — she’s the daughter of legendary Chicago Bears coach and owner George Halas. He left the team to his daughter after passing away in 1983. At 96 years old, she is the oldest owner in the NFL.
One reason Halas-McCaskey ranks among the anonymous NFL owners? She treats the Bears like the family-owned business it is and holds the team dear. Her father George bought the Bears for $100 in 1920. She remains passionate about the team, once claiming that she would never sell the team and that it would remain with her family until the second coming.
Martha Firestone-Ford, Detroit Lions
Martha Firestone-Ford is the wife of former Lions owner William Clay Ford, the grandson of auto magnate Henry Ford. When Clay Ford passed away in 2014, Firestone-Ford inherited control of the team. Their union represented a merger between two famous automotive families: her family is the famous Firestone family, of Firestone tires.
Firestone-Ford is one the anonymous NFL owners, but she has been a stable, calming force for a once tumultuous franchise. She’s provided solid, dependable leadership without the desire to make splashy headlines.
At 92, she has a reported net worth of over $1.5 billion. While she is active in politics, making considerable donations to several notable Republican politicians, she has stayed away from the public eye with very few comments on the team.
Clark Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs
The latest of the anonymous NFL owners on the list keeps with the family-first theme of the previous entries. Hunt is the son of Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt, one of the league’s most important figures following the NFL-AFL merger.
Hunt’s family has a net worth of over $13.7 billion, coming mainly from the oil industry. His father owned a stake in the Chicago Bulls as well as three Major League Soccer franchises.
Amy Adams-Strunk, Tennessee Titans
The daughter of former Titans owner Bud Adams, Adams-Strunk didn’t work in professional football until 2015. Strunk-Adams operated Kenada Farms and the Little River Oil and Gas Company before moving into the position of controlling owner.
Adams-Strunk rarely makes public appearances, which is why she makes our list of anonymous NFL owners. She has largely gone unmentioned in the media except for anything other than positive reasons, including her persistence in bringing the 2019 NFL Draft to Nashville.