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SBD/September 2, 2014/People and Pop Culture
Jerry Jones Might Be Most Well-Known Owner In Sports, But Lacking In GM Legacy
Published September 2, 2014
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THE EGO HAS LANDED: Van Natta said the "size of Jones' ego is a popular topic," and Jones is “still bitter today about not getting enough credit for helping mold those championship teams" of the ‘90s. Jones said of firing coach JIMMY JOHNSON in ’94 after winning back-to-back Super Bowls, "I lost my tolerance of having an associate, a friend, not be loyal." Van Natta said according to Jones, Johnson "showed disloyalty when he took credit for making every personnel decision that built the Super Bowl-winning teams." Former Cowboys coach BARRY SWITZER said while "everybody thinks it has to be a football guy" making personnel decisions, most of these guys “never even played football that are general managers." Jones said, "I know our game. I know what makes it work. I know it's part show business, I know it's part competition, it's part tradition. All of the things it takes I think to be a football man I'm pretty aware of and I practice most of it." Jones said of being Owner, President and GM, "I'd like to be remembered as very apt in all three of those areas. Now I'm a realist to know that I'm not going to be because that's covering a lot of ground. I understand the criticism goes with what I do. I also know that one way to wipe it out is to win” ("Outside The Lines," ESPN, 8/31).