Jones shares spotlight
Along with wife Gene, Cowboys owner melded family and football, turned failing team into three-time NFL champions.
An unlikely, unconventional, rebellious but swashbuckling journey that began in 1989 ended in the game’s place of honor Saturday.
Jerry Jones — who once tried to borrow money from the notorious Teamsters Union to buy the San Diego Chargers decades before buying the Cowboys — is an outsider no more.
He became a fully made man with his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame before more than 1,000 friends, family, former players and coaches. The entire Cowboys team and thousands of Cowboys fans attended the ceremony at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.
Jones shined brightly with custom-made gold Nike shoes given to him by Nike owner Phil Knight to go with his Hall of Fame gold jacket, sitting next to his wife, Gene, dressed strikingly and all in white.
She has been the bright light for 54 years of marriage and she was his presenter Saturday night because — more than all the titles, marketing, promotional and stadium deals — she represented his journey to the Hall of Fame.
Gene Jones, who has attended 597 consecutive Cowboys games, was the perfect symbol of Jones’ love of family and football. That was the point that Jones, who entered the league as a cocky oil and gas wildcatter from Arkansas and shook up the NFL’s buttoned-up establishment,
Dallas owner Jerry Jones addressed the crowd at the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremonies for nearly 37 minutes Saturday, thanking countless players and coaches who were part of his 29 years with the Cowboys.