Houston, Texas – On February 25, 1989, Jerry Jones purchased the Dallas Cowboys from H.R. “Bum” Bright for $140 million. Jones’ first addition was bringing along his old teammate at Arkansas, Jimmy Johnson. That wouldn’t be his last.
In 1992, Dallas set a team record for regular season wins with a 13–3 mark. This mark was matched this season as many starters sat out week 17 as well. January 1993, the Cowboys went to Candlestick Park and defeated the San Francisco 49ers 30-20 to clinch their first Super Bowl berth since 1978. Dallas defeated the Buffalo Bills 52–17 in Super Bowl XXVII, during which they forced a record nine turnovers. This was the first Super Bowl trophy under the Jerry Jones era. Jones and the Cowboys again defeated the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVIII 30–13 (becoming the first team in NFL history to win a Super Bowl after starting 0-2).
Prior to the start of 1995, Jerry Jones pulled off one of the flashiest, most lucrative deal in the history of NFL free agency. Jerry brought in All-Pro cornerback Deion Sanders. To make the stakes even higher, he brought him in from San Francisco. This is debatably the best free agent signing in NFL history, largely because what it lead to. Once again, the Cowboys were in the Super Bowl, Super Bowl XXX. Cowboys defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 27–17 at Sun Devil Stadium for their fifth Super Bowl championship, and Jerry’s third Super Bowl championship.
This era is the beginning of the Stephen Jones era. Stephen is the son Jerry and he is the current Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President, and Director of Player Personnel for the Dallas Cowboys. He will be known for immediately coming in and addressing the offensive line to make it by far the best in the NFL. The most famous situation that many fans can imagine (and definitely believe) pretty clearly is the 2014 NFL Draft when it is known that Jerry had the draft card of college sensation Johnny Manziel and Stephen had to take the card out of his hands so they could go with the more safe and solid pick in offensive guard Zack Martin who is now known as the best guard in the NFL as well as debately the best offensive lineman in the NFL.
Coach Garrett spoke very highly of Jerry. “I’ve been really fortunate. I played for him for eight years,” Jason Garrett said. “I was an assistant coach for him for four years and I’ve been the head coach now for six years, so I’ve known him in a lot of different capacities. This goes all the way back to the early ’90s. The conversations by everybody, coaches and players alike, is that we love working for him because the pedal is always down. He does what he believes is necessary to win. He’s a very inspirational guy. He sets the standards high. He’s the driving force of the organization and we have a great appreciation for him. His recognition as a Hall of Famer is so deserving. His impact on the National Football League is significant. He changed the league in so many ways.”
This past year as well as 2014, the Dallas Cowboys had tremendous years winning the NFC East in both years. Both years they had advanced to the Divisional Round of the Playoffs and have lost in very controversial ways. Anyway, the Cowboys have found tremendous success and they have done it in slightly different ways. In 2014, Tony Romo was the quarterback. In 2016, Dak Prescott was the quarterback. This something that all Cowboys fans are very excited about, but also saddened at the same time. Jerry Jones emotions are exactly matched to what the fans are.
One of Jerry’s most famous characteristics is that he is adamant about letting the fans know how he is feeling. He also says some pretty funny stuff at times. However, Jerry’s business savvy is undeniable and unquestionably one of his best characteristics. Today the Dallas Cowboys net worth is approaching $4.5B. That means the organization is worth around 32x more than he purchased it for back in 1989.
Here is an excerpt from Jones:
“I live a life where it is just absolutely a high relative to do what I do and being with the Cowboys,” Jones said in a conference room near his second-story office at The Star, the team’s new practice facility in Frisco, Texas. “It hardly seems fair to also get to sit here and maybe get a pat on the back through the Hall of Fame because I have such respect. I know as well as anybody that has ever been a fan of this game, I know the caliber of people that are in the Hall of Fame.”
“I’ve always believed that that gives us, [it] did then, [it] did when we first bought the team, and in my mind [it] does now, allows us to make the kind of decisions that we made early on. It allowed us to make those crisp, clean, fast, aggressively, passionately, it allowed us to do better than the traditional way these clubs are set up as far as I’m concerned,” Jones said. “There’s no question that structure helped us early. I think it just hasn’t dominoed for us relative to getting some more Super Bowl wins, but I think it’s been a continued plus on making decisions regarding football.”
“I have a high tolerance for ambiguity,” Jones said. “I don’t have to know what is going to happen on Friday every week. I may operate better by not knowing. A Mississippi riverboat gambler may be at his charming best when the next card may get him thrown off the boat. That’s when he operates the best.”
Jerry Jones has had a tremendous NFL career on and off the field, so congratulations to Jerry and the entire Jones family on the very well-deserved Hall of Fame selection!
Published by: Nicco Vocaturo