Jed York

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John Edward 'Jed' York (born c. 1980) is an American sports executive, the son of Marie Denise DeBartolo York and John York, and the CEO (and formerly President) of the San Francisco 49ers.[1] He is also the nephew of former San Francisco 49ers owner Edward J. DeBartolo Jr.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio,[1] Jed attended St. Charles Elementary School and Cardinal Mooney High School (Youngstown, Ohio).[2] While in high school he was a baseball team captain and the senior class president.[2] He also graduated from the University of Notre Dame earning a Bachelor of Arts in Finance and History.[1][3]


York began his working days as a financial analyst for Guggenheim Partners at their New York City offices but stayed for approximately a year.[1] When the 49ers brought in Mike Nolan to be head coach, York was brought into the organization by his parents to work for his father, John York, the CEO.[3]

He began his career with the San Francisco 49ers as the Director of Strategic Planning [1] and then as Vice President of Strategic Planning [4] in which he managed the integration of brand strategies and projects related to the long-term operational and financial development of the organization, reporting to his father, the CEO.[1]

On December 28, 2008 CEO John York appointed his son, Jed to become president of the 49ers. While Jed is the operating head of the franchise, his mother, Denise is the principal owner and both of his parents, as co-chairmen are responsible for providing resources and maintain their role of interacting with other owners and NFL executives.[5]

On October 11, 2010, with the 49ers off to a disappointing 0-5 start, Jed York wrote to ESPN's Adam Schefter that the 49ers would win their division and make the playoffs.[6] This proclamation led ESPN columnist David Fleming to refer to York as "kooky" and "goofy" and to note that York "backs up such bold declarations with a long list of qualifications starting with (1) his lifelong love of the 49ers, (2) his prestigious high school baseball career and (3) the fact that his godfather is Eddie DeBartolo."[7] However, the 49ers did come within one game of backing up York's assertion. In 2011, the Niners finished the season 13-3 with the 2nd seed in the NFC. In the divisional round, the Niners defeated the New Orleans Saints (who also finished the regular season 13-3) at Candlestick. York's 49ers then hosted the NFC Championship game against the New York Giants, eventually losing in overtime, 20-17. The great success of the 2011 San Francisco 49ers was accomplished with much of the same team from 2010, but with the key addition of first-year head coach Jim Harbaugh.

In 2012, Jed York was replaced by Gideon Yu as Team President, although he retained the title of CEO.[8]

After a disappointing 19-3 loss to divisional rival Seattle Seahawks on November 27, 2014, York tweeted “Thank you 49ers faithful for coming out strong tonight. This performance wasn’t acceptable. I apologize for that.”[9] This public statement sparked a media frenzy about York's intent behind the Tweet and whether he was specifically referring to Coach Jim Harbaugh's future, culminating in Lowell Cohn, a columnist with the The Press Democrat to declare "Jed York is a coward."[10]


Inductee of Phi Alpha Theta National History Honors Society.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Jed York". San Francisco 49ers. Retrieved 2009-07-04. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b Ann Killion. "Young Jed York is growing into his role as face of 49ers". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 2009-07-04. 
  3. ^ a b Eric Young (2009-02-15). "Executive profile: Jed York, S.F. 49ers". San Francisco Business Times. Retrieved 2009-07-04. 
  4. ^ Matt Maiocco. "Jed York Named Team President". Press Democrat. Retrieved 2009-07-04. 
  5. ^ "Jed York Named Team President". San Francisco 49ers. Retrieved 2009-07-04. [dead link]
  6. ^ Adam Schefter. "Jed York: 49ers Will Win NFC West". ESPN. Retrieved 2010-10-25. 
  7. ^ David Fleming. "49ers' Jed-eye Knight Sees All". ESPN. Retrieved 2010-10-25. 
  8. ^ "49ers extend Baalke's deal". CSN Bay Area. February 10, 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-11. 
  9. ^ "Jed York Tweet". Twitter. November 27, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Jed York is a coward". The Press Democrat. December 4, 2014. 

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