Dan Campbell is stepping down as the owner of the Miami Dolphins, the team announced Wednesday.
A statement from the team said Campbell will remain in his role as general manager of the Dolphins, but that he will be stepping down from the position by the end of the season.
He will continue as an advisor to the team, the statement said.
Campbell, 56, became the Dolphins’ team president and general manager in March.
His departure was announced on a Twitter account for Campbell that has since been deleted.
In his statement, Campbell said that he and the Dolphins “have been through a tough time in recent years, and I’m grateful for the incredible support of the fans, players, owners, management and many other passionate fans.”
Campbell said he had a difficult decision to make when he became the owner.””
I look forward to working with our new leadership team to take the organization forward and to continue to build the foundation for success in the future.”
Campbell said he had a difficult decision to make when he became the owner.
“It was a difficult, difficult time, and it was a tough decision to take, and ultimately I made the right one,” he told reporters at the team’s stadium.
“When I started the team in the early ’80s, I had never run a team, and nobody had ever run a football team.
We were a fledgling team.
The owners had never had a team.
I was the only owner in the world who was an owner, and that was a unique position to be in.
We had a lot of guys coming in, but we were still just a young team, a young organization, with a lot to learn.
We would be out of a job, and we were getting ready for a first-round playoff loss to the New York Jets, which was a very big loss for the team.”
He added: “I’ve been fortunate to build a team that I believe in, that I’ve loved as a player, and the fans have embraced as a group.
It’s really hard to say goodbye, but it’s time to move on.”
The Dolphins announced their hiring of Campbell as general staff on Monday, a day after former Jets and Carolina Panthers coach Bill Parcells and former Jets owner Woody Johnson announced their departures.
Former Jets and Panthers quarterback Jim Kelly will be the team co-owner and general counsel.
Kelly will also be the Jets’ new general manager.
The team will have two new coaches: offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, a former 49ers assistant, and offensive line coach Tony Sparano, a member of the Saints.
The team announced Tuesday that it will name new general managers and head coaches.
The announcement comes after ESPN reported that former Jets coach Rex Ryan was being considered for the job.