Many NFL owners, coaches, and front offices have taken part in protests against racism and injustice as something of a show of solidarity with players. Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys is not one of them.
Jones was one of the more vocal opponents of players who knelt during the national anthem to protest injustice previously, and has been fairly quiet over the last week as protests have spread throughout the country following the death of George Floyd. Former Cowboy Dez Bryant took notice of that, and urged him, his son Stephen, and former Cowboys tight end Jason Witten to take part in what looked like a bit of criticism.
Somebody should have brought Jerry jones Stephen jones and Jason witten to this protest down in Austin……this is not a policy change this is a heart change and yea I said it
LeBron James will be remembered as one of the greatest NBA players of all time, but the three-time champion was also a star football player in high school. His incredible strength and athletic ability have led to many a hypothetical discussion about how he would fare in the NFL, and there was a point when Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was willing to give LeBron a chance to showcase his skills on the gridiron.
During the latest episode of UNINTERRUPTED’s “WRTS: After Party,” LeBron admitted he has dreamed about playing in the NFL. He said he actually started training to play football during the NBA lockout in 2011. LeBron’s business partner Maverick Carter was then asked if he ever got the call from LeBron about potentially playing in the NFL, and Carter said he knows James received a formal contract offer from Jerry Jones. LeBron framed the paperwork and hung it in his office.
There was a lot of talk about LeBron giving football a shot in 2011, so we’re not surprised Jones made him a contract offer. Jones obviously knew there was virtually no chance James would accept the deal, so it was probably nothing more than a PR stunt. Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll did something similar when he sent LeBron a customized gift the same year.
The Dallas Cowboys are hoping CeeDee Lamb will be the next great wide receiver in a long line of franchise legends, and Jerry Jones has understandably high expectations for the former Oklahoma star. For evidence of that, look no further than the events that led to Lamb wearing jersey No. 88.
Lamb, who wore No. 2 in college, indicated after the draft that he wanted to wear No. 10 with the Cowboys. However, Jones wanted Lamb to wear No. 88. The Cowboys owner indicated as much when he spoke about the team’s decision to draft Lamb. Jones said he wants the rookie to wear No. 88 like Jones’ close friend and former Arkansas teammate Jerry Lamb wore. Jerry died back in December.
“I said in honor of my great friend that just passed (in December), we’re going to have his namesake come on over here and wear old No. 88 just like Michael and Dez and those guys,” Jones said, via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News. “And we’ve got us a receiver. Let me tell you one thing: If he’s got the compete and heart of that Jerry Lamb, he’ll be bad to the bone.'”
And so, after saying he wanted to wear No. 10, Lamb will now wear No. 88 like Michael Irvin and Dez Bryant before him.
More on this: #Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said a close friend of his, former Arkansas teammate Jerry Lamb, passed away in December. He wore No. 88 in college.
The Dallas Cowboys are big on tradition, and it’s becoming a factor in handing out jersey numbers to rookies.
The Cowboys announced rookie numbers on Monday with one exception. First round pick CeeDee Lamb was absent. The wide receiver himself stated he intended to wear No. 10, but owner Jerry Jones wants him wearing 88.
Why 88? The likes of Dez Bryant, Drew Pearson, and Michael Irvin have worn the number, but Jones told reporters it was to pay tribute to his late college teammate Jerry Lamb.
“When we were, this is a little drama from our perspective, when we were all sitting there and had said our piece, and then we said, ‘okay, what’s it going to be?’ I said in honor of my great friend that just passed this year we’re going to have his namesake come on here and wear old number 88,” Jones said, via RJ Ochoa of Blogging the Boys. “Just like Michael and Dez and those guys, and we’ve got us a wide receiver. And let me tell you one thing if he’s got the competes and heart of that Jerry Lamb he’ll be bad to the bone.”
We’ll see who gets their way here. Jones’ vision may not match with Lamb’s. Plus, who knows how one ex-Cowboy who would love to return to the team would feel about his number being given away.
Coaches and executives took part in the 2020 NFL Draft on Thursday night from a wide variety of locations, and we’ll give you one guess as to whose was the most lavish.
While Roger Goodell was announcing draft picks from his basement and other team personnel were sorting through information in their respective home offices, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was working from his private yacht. Jones purchased the vessel for $250 million a little over a year ago.
According to a report from TMZ, Jones had the boat built in the Netherlands and named it the “Bravo Eugenia,” which is a tribute to his wife of nearly 50 years. The yacht, which can hold 14 guests and 30 crew members, has two helipads, a gym, a plunge pool and much, much more.
Jerry Jones and his son Stephen have been together in the same room during the NFL Draft every year since the family purchased the Dallas Cowboys back in 1989, but the coronavirus pandemic has created some unprecedented circumstances this year. If there’s one silver lining, however, it’s that Jerry won’t be physically assaulted by Stephen when the Cowboys are making their picks.
There was reportedly some concern from other NFL teams that Jerry, who is the general manager of the Cowboys, and Stephen, who is the CEO and director of player personnel for the team, would be able to share a room together during the draft while all other executives have to be at their respective homes to follow social distancing guidelines. Stephen and Jerry told reporters on Tuesday that they actually will not be together during the event, and Jerry cracked a joke about how he will miss his son kicking him under the table over his decisions.
Jerry Jones said that after drafts his shins used to have bruises due to Stephen Jones kicking him under the table because of decision-making.
"I think I'm going to kind of miss that physical punishment."
While Jerry was clearly making a joke, there may have been some truth to it. There was a story several years ago about how Stephen had to physically restrain his father to stop him from turning in a draft card with Johnny Manziel’s name on it. Stephen also reportedly talked Jerry out of trading up to draft former Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch, who turned out to a be a huge bust with the Denver Broncos.
The real question is who will be the one turning in the official picks to the NFL this weekend. If it’s Jerry, Cowboys fans may want to fasten their seatbelts.