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Who is Jerry Jones?



Jerry Jones Pro Football HOF

Jerry Jones, Who is he? Well, to many, he is a father, businessman, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the Owner and CEO of the NFL franchise the Dallas Cowboys. But, how did he get to this point? Well, this is his story as told in the NFL Network original series “A Football Life.

In October of 1942, Jerral Wayne Jones (Jerry Jones) was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. His parents were owners of a grocery store in his hometown and were fascinated with their work that he attended the University of Arkansas where he got a business degree.

On January 19, 1963, at the age of 20 years old, Jerry Jones married the love of his life and winner of Miss Arkansas Gene Jones. Since tying the knot, they have raised three children: Stephen Jones, Charlotte Jones, and Jerry Jones Jr. When they got older, they would be a part of the inner workings of the franchise. Stephen Jones is the Executive Vice President, CEO, and President of Player Personnel, Charlotte Jones is the Executive Vice President, and Chief `Brand Officer of the Dallas Cowboys, and Jerry Jones Jr. Is Chief Sales and Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President.

Also in 1963, while still attending the University of Arkansas, he was also the running back for the Razorbacks football team. During the 1963 season, he led the school to a National Championship under then head coach Barry Switzer and fellow teammate Jimmy Johnson.

Jerry Jones 1989

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In 1989, he would strike oil and sold it and with the money he received, bought the Dallas Cowboys from the previous owner Bum Bright.

As he entered the NFL as an Owner and General Manager, he helped the league add teams like Carolina, Baltimore, Jacksonville, and Houston. He has also helped the league relocate teams. He moved the Raiders from Oakland to LA back to LA as well as to Las Vegas in 2017 and helped the St. Louis Rams and San Diego Chargers relocate to Los Angeles, California.

Tom Landry

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Two days after joining the Cowboys, his first order of business was firing Tom Landry, the longest active head coach not only in the NFL but as a Dallas Cowboys. His replacement was former Arkansas teammate Jimmy Johnson.


Then that same year, Jerry Jones made the biggest trade in League history… When Hurshal Walker was traded to the Minnesota Vikings. That trade included 18 players and draft picks. During the Jimmy Johnson era, Jerry Jones won two Super Bowls in 1992 and 1993.

After the 1993 season, Jerry Jones relieved Jimmy Johnson as Cowboys head coach. In Johnsons’ place was former Arkansas Razorbacks head coach Beary Switzer. In 1995, Switzer won A Super Bowl under Jerry Jones.

Since winning their fifth Super Bowl in ‘95, the Dallas Cowboys have struggled to win a sixth championship in franchise history. In early to mid-2000’s the triplets (Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, and Emmitt Smith) all retired and entered both the ring of honor and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

In 2007, Jerry Jones announced that the Dallas Cowboys would be getting a new stadium for the start of the 2009 season. In week one of 2009 the Cowboys new home AT&T Stadium (originally called Cowboys Stadium). They took on the New York Giants. In the opening game, the Giants defeated the Cowboys. Not only was The Star Built for the Dallas Cowboys, but it also is the place for entertainment as well as the home for high school to play in Frisco, Texas. Six seasons later, the newly built The Star was the new home base for America’s team. Finally, in 2017, Jerry Jones bought the 2018 NFL Draft to AT&T Stadium.

Jerry Jones Pro Football HOF


From growing up in Arkansas to owning the Dallas Cowboys, has earned him a spot in football royalty… The Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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I was wrong about Leighton Vander Esch



On Thursday, April 26, 2018, I sat inside my friend’s dorm in Commerce, TX, and stared anxiously at his television while the NFL Draft played.

Every year since 2014, Draft Day has been a holiday of sorts for me. I request the day off from my job, find a couple of friends, get some food together and enjoy watching 32 NFL franchises attempt to build the future of their team.

The Dallas Cowboys had just come off a disappointing 9-7 season that had fans and analysts across the country pushing for the firing of head coach Jason Garrett and offensive coordinator Scott Linehan.

America’s Team held the 19th overall pick in the first round. Several names flew through my head as I thought about which rookie I wanted to don the Star in 2018: Vita Vea, Derwin James, Calvin Ridley and Harold Landry just to name a few.

These players all filled glaring needs for the Cowboys. Vea and Landry would cement the defensive line that had seen major improvements in 2017. Derwin James would allow Byron Jones to move back to cornerback and would give new defensive backs coach Kris Richard an amazing slew of talent to use. Calvin Ridley would give the offense a tall, powerful receiver that could learn alongside Dez – prior to his eventual release from the team over the summer.

Vea and James both went before Dallas was on the clock, leading to those of us in the room to argue over whether Ridley or Landry would get their name called. I was pulling for Landry, as I knew he was one of the best defensive talents in the game and our offense would be fine without a cat like Ridley.

One name did not come to mind, however, and that was the name that was announced by Roger Goodell.

“With the 19th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys select Leighton Vander Esch, linebacker, Boise State,” Goodell said.

First, there was shock. Then, there was disgust. Finally, there was sadness. Over the course of the next hour, I ignored the television and instead went to Twitter to let everyone know how upset I was.

I wasn’t alone, either. Most Cowboys writers, fans and analysts were upset with the pick. It seemed like a stretch.

Surely Vander Esch could’ve been drafted at a lower spot, right? What if they traded back a few spots and grabbed another second rounder? This was the third year in a row I was disappointed with Dallas’ first-round draft pick.

I didn’t like the Ezekiel Elliott pick at the time, but he proved me wrong very quickly, leading the Cowboys to a 13-3 regular season record alongside fellow rookie Dak Prescott.

I still don’t like the Taco Charlton pick. His production has been disgustingly low for a first-round draft pick, tallying four sacks, 25 tackles and a forced fumble in 24 games.

And now Leighton.

I didn’t want to blindly hate the guy, so I went to watch some film, and I found one glaring constant – he played softly. He couldn’t get off blocks, and if he did, he got trucked by the ball carrier. Exactly what the Cowboys needed: another soft defender.

I was unhappy about the pick for the next 5 months. When the season came around, he didn’t start, which I expected as much. Vander Esch’s first start came in Week 4 against the Detroit Lions. The Cowboys were 1-2 heading into the game and were without starting linebacker Sean Lee.

Prior to this game, Dallas was 1-7 in the past three years when playing without defensive captain Lee. That’s how big of an impact he has on this defense. Vander Esch’s six-tackle stat line wasn’t jaw-dropping, but it got the job done. The Cowboys won the game 26-24 and improved to .500 on the season.

In the following week’s loss to the Houston Texans, Vander Esch led the team in tackles with 14. This caught my eye. In Dallas’ second straight game without Lee, Vander Esch balled out.

Through the Washington Redskins game on Thanksgiving, Vander Esch has tallied 93 total tackles, two interceptions with 56 return yards, six pass deflections and two stuffs. He currently leads the Cowboys in tackles, 15 ahead of fellow linebacker Jaylon Smith. He is the NFL’s leader in solo tackles with 72. According to @BobbyBeltTX on Twitter, Vander Esch has only played 73.6% of Dallas’ snaps, making this even more impressive.

He is tied for the lead with safety Xavier Woods in interceptions AS A LINEBACKER. His two interceptions lead safety Jeff Heath, cornerback Anthony Brown and defensive lineman Demarcus Lawrence.

But, the stat lines don’t reflect just how well Vander Esch has played this season. His ability to recognize the play, change directions and make the tackle in open space is incredible. He’s much more powerful than his college film showed, stopping offensive players running full speed in their tracks.

Vander Esch has the potential to be the next General Lee, but hopefully with better hamstring and ACL health. If he can stay on the field, Vander Esch could be the best player wearing the Star for years to come.

So, this is my official statement on the matter.

I was wrong about Leighton Vander Esch.

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Troy Aikman Rips Cowboys Organization, Calls for Overhaul of Organization



Former Dallas Cowboys signal caller, Hall of Famer, and current color commentator Troy Aikman has seen enough of the Cowboys ineptitude following Monday night’s embarrassing loss to the Tennessee Titans.

Aikman, who won 3 Super Bowl titles with the Cowboys, is calling for a major organizational overhaul in order to get things right.

“Go through the list and this team, over a long period of time, has been what it’s been,” Aikman said Tuesday on 1310 The Ticket, according to ESPN’s Todd Archer. “It hasn’t always mattered who the head coach has been. So to me, if you’re asking me, I’d say there has to be a complete overhaul of the entire organization.”

Aikman is probably like a lot of fans, and even analysts, who believe that changes are needed in Dallas, particularly along the sidelines that head coach Jason Garrett currently roams.

Change beyond that seems unlikely as Jerry Jones still rules supreme and has since the late 1980s.

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Cowboys Cut Dan Bailey From Team



Over the weekend, when teams are finalizing their 53-man roster, the Dallas Cowboys makes Cowboys fans say… why? Why did you cut Dan Bailey?

Dan Bailey

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Eight-year veteran kicker out of Oklahoma State Dan Bailey was released from the Dallas Cowboys. When Bailey arrived in 2011 as an undrafted free-agent, he became the highest scoring Cowboys player in multiple games. Also, during those six seasons, he has made at least 95 percent of his kicks becoming the second most accurate kicker in the NFL.

In 2017 during the San Francisco 49ers game, Bailey injured his groin and had to miss four games. When he returned he would miss at least one kick dropping his accuracy to about 70 percent.

Brett Maher


During the 2018 off-season, the Cowboys cautiously signed Kicker Brett Maher. Maher kicked for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Ottawa Redblacks from 2014-2017. Since he is the only kicker on the roster, he is expected to start in week 1 when the Cowboys travel to Charlotte, NC to battle against the Carolina Panthers.

Now that Bailey is on the market and has cleared waivers, he is on the free-agent market. With that, he is expected to work out with the New York Jets this week.

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