Stephen Jones worries older fans will give up on Cowboys
For a long stretch of time in the mid-1990s, the Dallas Cowboys were the team to beat in the NFL. Some fans probably feel like it was just yesterday that Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin were lighting up the rest of the league, but it has now been two decades since the Cowboys last won a Super Bowl.
Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones, son of Jerry Jones, said at a recent press conference that he is concerned some “older” fans could give up on America’s Team if they are not reminded of the glory days.
“I mean, I’m worried every day that we don’t get a championship. You worry about that all the time,” Jones said, via John Machota of the Dallas Morning News. “That’s why we’re very aggressive in trying to get there. It’s just not acceptable in our minds that we haven’t been able to win a championship in so long. I do worry about that. I worry about that all the time.
“I worry about that with older fans, that they finally say, ‘We’re done.’ That’s why we try to do everything we can to show respect to our fans, to do things that I think are good things that our fans think are good things for our team. But at the end of the day, as I said, it’s all about the game and it’s all about winning a championship, and we got to get that done.”
A healthy Tony Romo gives the Cowboys the best chance of contending for a Super Bowl, and he recently turned 36. He has also been unable to stay healthy and made some crucial mistakes in the playoffs over the years.
In addition to not having won a Super Bowl since 1996, the Cowboys haven’t even made it to the NFC Championship since that season. Fans might be happy to hear what Romo recently had to say about his future, but what happens if that doesn’t pan out? The Cowboys faithful are already discouraged. Another season without a deep playoff run would make that worse, and Jones clearly knows it.