After thinking long and hard about the DFW Sportsman of the Year, one name seemed to leap out at me: Jerry Jones
The metamorphoses of Jerry Jones from “gunslinger owner” to a remarkably effective executive working with other people is complete. When the idiosyncratic Bill Parcells arrived it seemed only a matter of time before this became a lit-match-and-dynamite relationship.
While there may have been and still are conceivably significant behind the scenes disagreements between the two, Jones has given Parcells the kind of personal space and major voice in Jerry’s beloved Cowboys.
No one since Jimmy Johnson has been accorded that kind of freedom. In what often looked like a one man organization.
Having done that Jones then threw himself into an off-season that saw the Cowboys make the most significant free agent signings in the NFL. Bledsoe…Henry…Rivera…Ferguson…Aaron Glenn. All cost Jones a bunch of money. But all have returned dividends of varying positive degrees.
Trades for Fujita and Pile were solid. The draft, where Jerry was often accused of meddling, may have been the best in the entire league. Anyone truly looking at the Cowboys this off season would have to consider Jerry Jones as a major contender for NFL Executive of the Year. In addition, Jones very quietly continues his role as a major philanthropist in this area.
Because of the decade in a half of baggage Jerry carries with many people in this area, this choice won’t be greeted with overwhelming acceptance. But, considering the body of work, Jerry Jones is our DFW Sportsman of the Year.