Dez Bryant will forever respect Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
It was Jones who used a first-round pick on Bryant in the 2010 draft after Bryant slid because of off-field concerns. It was Jones who handed Bryant a five-year, $70 million contract before the 2015 season.
“Jerry is everything,” Bryant said. “I’ll tell you this and I feel the rest of the stuff is explanatory – when people counted me out, he counted me in. And that alone showed me how much love he had for me. He gave me an opportunity to show who I am and I’m going to forever respect him for that. He deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.
“There’s no owner, no owner, nobody on this earth, better than Jerry Jones.”
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Bryant and Jones have developed a relationship over the years and the two have a fondness for each other.
As Bryant said, “It’s cool, especially when you got a million and one people saying, ‘Oh, get rid of him. He’s a butt hole and all of that other stuff.’ Then you got this guy, this loving guy, that believes in you, going to comfortably keep giving you opportunities to show what he sees. I think that’s amazing.”
The Cowboys depart for Canton on Wednesday and will play the Arizona Cardinals in the season’s first preseason game on Thursday night. The enshrinement ceremony is Saturday evening.
Bryant, like most football fans, is eagerly awaiting Jones’ speech. Jones is the signature inductee of the 2017 seven-member class that includes LaDainian Tomlinson, Morten Andersen, Terrell Davis, Kenny Easley, Jason Taylor and Kurt Warner.
“I want to hear Jerry Jones’ speech. I know it’s going to be phenomenal,” Bryant said. “I know it’s going to be worthwhile. Like I said, he deserves it. It’s his show. Congratulations to all the other guys in the Hall of Fame, too, because that’s a huge accomplishment. That’s why you play the game. But this is Jerry’s stage. It’s his. It’s his moment.”