New York Jets owner Woody Johnson will be the U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom under the Trump administration, according to reports.
The move likely means that Johnson will relinquish day-to-day control of the Jets and that his younger brother, Chris Johnson, will take the reigns of the organization. This is not the first time an owner of an NFL team has served as an ambassador. Steelers owner Dan Rooney was the U.S. ambassador to Ireland from 2009-12.
ProFootballTalk suggested earlier this month that the Jets’ “decision to stay the course with coach Todd Bowles and GM Mike Maccagnan possibly was influenced by the looming shift in ownership of the team.”
Johnson was the vice chairman of Trump’s victory committee and has held many fundraisers for Trump and other Republicans in the past. He has no known ties to the UK.