Jerry Jones gets emotional talking about being in Mobile

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A reasonable person could argue that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is a little too invested in his business.

But for a guy who is rich enough and powerful enough to have plenty of options, Jones got emotional when talking to reporters this week about being at the Senior Bowl, of all places.

According to Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Jones actually teared up while talking about being in Mobile with his coaching staff, as they begin the work on the 2019 season.

“I just remember the many days I’ve been here in Mobile, and I’ve hopefully got a lot of days left here in Mobile,” Jones said. “I just have a good feeling about the Senior Bowl and about the people involved. I remember a lot of people that aren’t here, that were here 25 years ago, 30 years ago.

“I’ll never forget the first morning that I was here in Mobile. We had a staff meeting. We had our entire coaching staff. Jimmy Johnson was our coach. We had the entire scouting staff. And it probably was in excess of 35-40, and it could’ve been — counting pilots and all — it could’ve been 45 people. Well, Mike Brown of the Cincinnati Bengals — my good friend — came up and he had his staff of three. And he asked me — and I’d been in the league. This was February, that I’d bought into the league. And he said ‘Are you enjoying this?’ And I said ‘This is the greatest thrill I’ve had to date.’ And he said ‘Well, I hope you are, because you don’t need 50 people to scout this place.’”

The 76-year-old Jones just bought a $250 million yacht which he could be cruising on, but has always preferred the trappings of football. That’s why his customized bus is a fixture in Indianapolis for the Scouting Combine, he just wants to be around football.

“I enjoy the ocean a lot,” Jones said. “I probably don’t get to do it as much as I’d like to, because of how active I am. For me, at this time, it’s every day, every day, all the way. Playing, working — every day is a big day. I get a huge kick — I would not be here if I didn’t want to be here. It’s emotional here, but I love this. I love being here. They hurt, but I love the games, the practices, the film sessions. I love all of that. I haven’t worked a day since I bought the Cowboys.”

Those emotional investments and day-to-day involvement might have led Jones to some bad decisions over the years — times when he’d have been better served letting more detached people make the call. But he’s writing the checks, which means he gets to do whatever he wants, since he loves it so much.

16 responses to “Jerry Jones gets emotional talking about being in Mobile

  1. dcsince77 says:
    January 25, 2019 at 7:08 am
    He took advice from Mike Brown of the Bengals…. Enough said


    Had more owners taken Mike Brown’s advice, we wouldn’t be dealing with this commissioner that everyone despises.

  2. He really does love football and wants to win. This is the 3rd or 4th time I have read something about him numbering his own days. I truly believe he wants to win a Super Bowl 1 more time before he dies. He wants nothing more. He doesn’t care about making money off the team, he is a billionaire with a yacht, a daily commuter helicopter (I’ve seen him fly in many times at the practice facility) the bus and everything including a huge family that he spends a ton of time with as well.

    He is the greatest team owner in league history. Not many other owners have done what he has done for his team and for the league.

  3. Jerry….how about some rational thinking. Put your emotions to the side and get rid of Garrett, steal Sean Payton from the Saints, and draft a franchise Quarterback in the 2020 draft.

  4. dcsince77 says:
    January 25, 2019 at 7:08 am
    He took advice from Mike Brown of the Bengals…. Enough said

    You obviously know nothing bc he didn’t take advice from him. Have you seen the senior bowl? He ignored Mike Brown and completely changed the way people look at the off-season.

  5. Jerry is a true national treasure. He is also a hall of famer and a great american. I certainly wish he owned my team.

  6. Jerry is the greatest owner of all time. But his decision to remain GM in title and responsibility has prevented us from getting another trophy – simple as that.

  7. I admire his passion for football and the Cowboys, and he’s certainly a good business man. I would take exception with the comment that he’s the best owner in league history. As measured by what? The guy in New England took a laughingstock of a team, not worth the $250 million he paid for it, and built an empire. They are about to play in their 9th SB under his ownership, and the value of the franchise is north of $4 billion dollars. He was the key guy in bringing the players and owners together to end the last work stoppage. And most of all, he learned from his early mistakes that the role of a great owner is to hire the right people, give them the tools to succeed, hold them accountable, and most of all, get out of their way. That’s the lesson Jones has never learned. His football acumen doesn’t remotely approach his business acumen, but he can’t see that. His football hubris is why the Cowboys have not returned to the SB since the teams that Jimmy Johnson built.

  8. “I enjoy the ocean a lot,” Jones said. “I probably don’t get to do it as much as I’d like to, because of how active I am.”

    Get out and enjoy the ocean then Jimmy, you only live once.

  9. I’d tear up too if I had to reflect on the fact that my teams have never done a thing worth noting since Jimmy Johnson hit the road.

  10. jones is a clown and in a way pitiful, but hey if it’s worth it to him to have a perennial losing franchise just so he can run it, why not? he has given me a different perspective on their ineptness. he’s having fun, it’s his toy and money, what the heck have at it.

  11. I love all the Jimmy Johnson talk when people forget that Jimmy didn’t do much of anything after he was shown the door in Dallas.

    Reminder that Jimmy’s last game was he and Dan Marino being on the losing end of a 62-7 blowout by the Jay Fiedler lead Jags in the first round of the playoffs in 2000.

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