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New York Jets owner Woody Johnson answers a question as he addresses the media at the team's training facility, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, in Florham Park, N.J. AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Trump reportedly will name the owner of the New York Jets his ambassador to the UK


Woody Johnson, owner of the NFL's New York Jets, will be named President-elect Donald Trump's ambassador to the United Kingdom, Reuters reported.

During a luncheon in Washington, D.C., before his inauguration, Trump said Johnson would be "going to St. James," implying he would be the ambassador. 

NJ.com reported earlier this month Johnson was preparing to surrender control of the team to his brother, Christopher Wold Johnson. 

A transition official confirmed the appointment to NBC.

Trump hasn't named many ambassadors to date.

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New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, right, talks to general manager Mike Maccagnan prior to an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Johnson is a longtime Republican donor and has been a prominent Trump supporter since he secured the Republican nomination. He was also the vice chairman of Trump's victory committee, but has never held a job in politics, NJ.com reported.

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Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney stands on the sidelines before an NFL football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

He wouldn't be the first NFL owner to become an ambassador. Dan Rooney, owner of the Steelers, was an ambassador to Ireland from 2009 to 2012. 

Jets fans didn't seem sad to see him go.

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