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Jerry Wolman, Former Owner of NFL Eagles, Dies at 86, Team Says

Former Eagles Owner Jerry Wolman & Chairman Jeffrey Lurie
Former Philadelphia Eagles owner Jerry Wolman, left, poses with chairman and current owner Jeffrey Lurie before a game against the Green Bay Packers on September 12, 2010 in Philadelphia. Wolman died August 6 in his home at the age of 86. Photographer: Hunter Martin/Philadelphia Eagles via Getty Images

Jerry Wolman, the former owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, died yesterday at his home in Potomac, Maryland, the National Football League team said. He was 86.

Wolman was the youngest owner in the NFL when he owned the Eagles from 1963-69. He bought the team for $5.5 million and sold it for $16.2 million to Leonard Tose after his real estate construction company had failed.

“I had the pleasure of meeting Jerry on multiple occasions when he came back to watch an Eagles game,” said Eagles Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Lurie in a statement. “Each time, we enjoyed reminiscing about Eagles football and sharing in the enjoyment of owning such a historic franchise.”

Leo Carlin, the team’s director of ticket client services, worked for the Eagles during Wolman’s ownership.

“He was a fun-loving, charismatic man who got along with everyone,” Carlin said. “He loved Philadelphia and was one of those people who tried to help everyone he could reach.”

Wolman is survived by his wife of 35 years, Bobbie; two children, Helene and Alan; and seven grandchildren.

The funeral will be tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Tifereth Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C.

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