George Steinbrenner was an iconic sports figure who impacted more than just his sport or his town. His influence can be felt throughout professional sports. Today, the sports world reacted to the passing of the Boss.â†µ
There are no shortage of comparisons between Daniel Snyder and George Steinbrenner, most focusing on their similarly aggressive ownership style. Snyder released this statement on Steinbrenner's passing, via Hogs Haven.â†µ
I have a tremendous amount of respect for what he was able to accomplish both in business and professional sports. He was very warm and gracious to me, personally writing numerous encouraging letters supporting my ownership of the Redskins. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family."â†µ
The Washington Nationals also released a statement:â†µ
“The Washington Nationals and the Lerner Family are deeply saddened by the loss of George Steinbrenner – a monumental figure of the baseball world for more than 35 years. He will be remembered as a driven competitor and champion, but also a man who gave much to the people and communities he loved. George was a one of a kind owner, sports figure, and man. He will be missed. Our condolences go out to the Steinbrenner family, the Yankees organization and Yankees fans everywhere.”â†µ
The outpouring of support from so many different sources speaks volumes about the man George Steinbrenner was, and the impact he had across the world of sports.