On Tuesday, the list of the top 10 owners was revealed and Eagles Chairman/CEO Jeffrey Lurie ranked fifth overall. Lurie was one of only five owners to be listed on all eight of the ESPN writers' ballots. Most importantly for Eagles fans, Lurie finished ahead of Dallas' Jerry Jones, who landed in eighth place.
In Lurie's 16 years as owner, the Eagles have made the playoffs 11 times whereas the team made the postseason just 14 times in the prior 62 years. Since 1995, the Indianapolis Colts are the only team to have made the playoffs more times than the Eagles. The Eagles have a greater winning percentage, have participated in more playoff games and won more than any other ownership group in history.
From 2000-09, the Eagles won an NFC-best 103 regular season games and 10 playoff contests, while capturing five division titles. The Eagles became just the 13th team to win more than 100 games in a decade. The Eagles' streak of double-digit wins in five straight seasons from 2000-04 was the 11th such occurrence in NFL history and the first since San Francisco the previous decade.
Lurie is well-respected among the NFL's top executives as he serves on numerous boards including the NFL's Finance Committee, Broadcast Committee, International Committee and the Super Bowl Advisory Committee.
Under Lurie's leadership, the Eagles now call the NovaCare Complex, a state-of-the-art practice facility, their home and play their games at Lincoln Financial Field, which is going to be the first major sports stadium in the world to run on self-generated renewable energy. The Eagles' Go Green program, developed during the Lurie's tenure, is a ground-breaking initiative to improve the quality of the environment that has been honored with numerous awards.
Off the field, Lurie's wife, Christina, is the President of Eagles Youth Partnership. Started in the first years of the Lurie's ownership, Eagles Youth Partnership was a finalist last year for the highly coveted Sport Team of the Year award from Beyond Sport, a global organization that promotes, develops and funds the use of sport to create positive, social change in the world. Later this year, Eagles Youth Partnership will commence its 15th annual Playground Build. Tens of thousands of children are impacted each and every year by the programs run by Eagles Youth Partnership.
It is the success on the field and off of it as well that has earned Lurie praise and respect from his peers in the NFL.