President-elect Donald Trump names New York Jets owner Woody Johnson as the U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom.One day before Donald Trump becomes president, New York Jets owner Woody Johnson was named the U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom by the president-elect.
At a luncheon in Washington D.C. Trumped called Johnson an ambassador. He said that Johnson was going to St. James which is the official title of the ambassadorship, according to Rich Cimini of ESPN. The Jets and Johnson haven’t commented about the appointment yet but the owner did say at the end of the season that it would be an honor to be considered.
The move isn’t a surprise since Johnson is a longtime friend of Trump and was a major financial supporter of Trump during the campaign. The Jets owner was the vice chairman of the president-elect’s victory committee and is on the inaugural committee, according to Darryl Slater of NJ.com.
Johnson, who has owned the Jets since 2000, won’t have to sell the team even though he’ll be living in England. However, he would need to resign from the NFL committees that he serves on, according to Andy Clayton of the New York Daily News. The owner is on the NFL’s Media, Finance Business Ventures committees.
Johnson’s brother Christopher Wold Johnson, is expected to take over day-to-day control of the Jets. This isn’t the first time that an NFL owner has served as an ambassador. Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney served as the ambassador to Ireland under the Obama administration.
The Jets were 5-11 this season and missed the playoffs for the sixth straight year.