After 23 years and zero championships, Jeff Lurie is as committed as ever to remaining the owner of the Eagles.
Lurie said Thursday that as his ownership tenure nears a quarter of a century, his passion for the position is higher than ever and he has never entertained any notion to sell the franchise.
"Oh my God, no," Lurie said in an interview following a press conference at the NovaCare Complex. "Not a chance on the planet. No. You can tell Wall Street forget about it."
Lurie has owned the Eagles longer than anybody since the franchise's inception in 1933.
He bought the team from Norman Braman for $185 million in 1994. According to Forbes Magazine, the franchise's value had grown to $2.5 billion in 2016.
Since 1994, the Eagles have the sixth-best record in the NFL and second-best record in the NFC at 200-166-2. They also have the ninth-most playoff wins.
But 13 other franchises have won Super Bowls during that span, including the Giants twice and the Cowboys once out of the NFC East.
Lurie said Thursday his passion to lead an NFL franchise has never waned but is stronger now than in previous years.
“You know, it’s a good question," he said. "It’s never ebbed. I’m obsessed. Literally obsessed. But when you have a young quarterback, the excitement level [is higher].
"I remember the first 10 years with Donovan (McNabb) and now the second year with Carson (Wentz). You’re on a level of excitement that even exceeds normal, and for me that's very hard, because I’m obsessed with this thing.
“It’s incredibly exciting to have potentially a very good young quarterback and what that does for the entire team and organization and your upside. Your upside is unlimited when you have that."
Lurie technically holds the title of chairman and CEO of the Eagles. His ex-wife Christina Weiss Lurie, who received a portion of the team upon their divorce, is listed as president of the Eagles Charitable Foundation.