To understand John Edward 'Jed' York, one must understand his family. Let's try to quickly gloss briefly over the history implied here.
Edward Debartolo Sr. was born Anthony Paonessa Jr. but he never knew his biological father. Later, he adopted his stepfather Michael Debartolo's family name, and took the first name Edward from a favorite uncle. At 13 years of age, Edward Debartolo Sr. helped write construction bids for his much loved stepfather—an Italian immigrant who did not read or write English.
After graduating from Notre Dame with a degree in civil engineering, Edward Sr. worked a decade on construction projects with his stepfather before finding himself in the Army Corps of Engineers during WWII. After the war, Edward Sr. would build an amazing empire in construction and retail real estate.
Fast forward to 1977, when Edward Sr. purchases the San Francisco 49ers and gives the team to his son, Eddie Jr.
Hit play, and we see a football dynasty emerge as young Jed is growing up. Five Lombardi Trophies highlight Eddie Jr's time as the 49ers owner, but a riverboat licensing scandal in Louisiana threatens Debartolo ownership of the franchise—as a response, Eddie Jr gives the team to his sister, Marie Denise Debartolo-York—who presided over the Penguins 1990–1991 championship season, and was the third woman to serve as President of a Stanley Cup winning team. Denise passed primary control of the 49ers to her husband John York, who had little interest in running an NFL franchise.
Fast forward one more time, and we find much of the story comes full circle. Jed York, a young Notre Dame graduate with a BA in finance and history inherits the 49ers from his parents.
The Boy King has gone on to make several key decisions as team president and owner.
York offered Coach Singletary his contract in front of the team after a season finale win against the Washington Redskins in 2008. When first-round pick Michael Crabtree rode a contract holdout five games into the 2009 season, York flew Crabtree in for a face-to-face meeting and had the talented receiver signed by the next game. When GM Scott McCloughan abruptly resigned just weeks before the 2010 NFL Draft, Jed fired up the jet to come back from London (where the 49ers will play the Broncos on Halloween) and iron out any ruffles the GM's departure may have left.
During the draft, when the news broke that San Francisco had traded up two picks to jump the Dolphins, the television Showed Jed York in the 49ers war room giving a thumbs up to the camera, calming my panicked soul. They went on to possibly have their best draft in several years.
The capable son from a family accustomed to success is at the helm now. With his family behind him, there are reasons upon reasons to believe in the team's ownership.