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High Praise For Jeffrey Lurie

May 14th will be the 20th anniversary of the day when Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie purchased the Philadelphia Eagles.

Lurie has transformed the Eagles into a perennial contender earning a playoff berth in 12 of his 19 years overseeing the franchise compared to 14 appearances in the previous 62 seasons before him. The Eagles have appeared in more playoff games (23) and won more (11) under Lurie than any other ownership group in team history.

Off the field, Lurie has also dramatically re-shaped the direction of the organization with the implementation of Eagles Youth Partnership and the Go Green! initiative.

Lurie is well-respected by his peers as he serves on the NFL's Finance Committee, Broadcast Committee, Stadium Committee, International Committee and the Super Bowl Advisory Committee. He has also earned praise from the national media for his stewardship of the franchise. Patrick Daugherty of Rotoworld named Lurie the No. 2 owner in the NFL.

"It is in this climate that Lurie has displayed remarkable patience, sticking with Andy Reid through thick and thin, and sticking with his most recent coaching search until he got the man he wanted. That man, Chip Kelly, could easily prove to be the league's next (Bill) Belichick," Daugherty wrote.

"Lurie may not have a Super Bowl to show for his patience and home-run hires, but playing under the microscope of the fishbowl NFC East, he does have seven division titles in the past 13 seasons. Even in a knee-jerk environment like the NFL, good things come to those who wait. Sooner or later, Lurie will get his title, and it will be deserved."

To compare Lurie's place with his NFC East counterparts, Daugherty ranked John Mara and Steve Tisch of the New York Giants at No. 5 overall, Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys at No. 21 and Dan Snyder of Washington last at No. 32.

(The original version of this article incorrectly stated that May 6 was the anniversary.)

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