Jones has been the subject of some colorful commentary over the years.
He’s also delivered more than his fair share.
But he’s reached the pinnacle of his profession when he’s enshrined at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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Joining Jones in the Class of 2017 are former TCU great LaDainian Tomlinson, Kenny Easley, Terrell Davis, Kurt Warner, Jason Taylor and Morten Andersen. The enshrinement is 6 p.m. Saturday in Canton, Ohio.
Here’s what a few had to say about Jerry Jones going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame:
“I think it’s fitting that he gets in. And I think it’s deserving that he gets in. I think he’s done more to make this league aware that you have to work to progress. I think the guy has been off the charts as far as stimulating interest. And he’s had pretty good teams throughout the years too. So I think it’s a very deserving honor for him.”
Gil Brandt, former Cowboys vice-president of player personnel
“Jerry has always been a great salesperson and he’s always set the example that if you want to be successful it doesn’t hurt to eat, sleep and breathe your company and he’s done that. He does that to this day.”
Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks
“You know what, he’s an awesome owner, and he’s done so much for the NFL, it’s hard to really measure. Everyone sees what he’s done for the Dallas Cowboys. They really don’t understand what he’s done to make the NFL the No. 1 professional sports league in the United States. He needs a nod. Everybody needs to appreciate the fact that he’s been great for a long time.”
Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis
“The fact is that the Jones family didn’t just build a great football stadium, they built the greatest special events center in America. It truly has changed the way sports facilities are being designed. Jerry Jones will without a doubt go down as one of the greatest owners of all time and as one of the great creative minds to further professional football.”
Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams
“I’ve never met Jerry, but obviously I’m a huge Cowboys fan. Yet another Cowboy getting incredible recognition is good for this area. … [I’d love to play for him]. Any owner who is diehard about winning, I’m all in. Every ownership group we have here in town is fantastic, so as an athlete you want an ownership who is committed to winning. I’d love to play for any of those four.”
Texas Rangers Hall of Famer Michael Young
“I was excited and happy for Jerry Jones because he deserved it. I’ve been telling people this for a long time. He’s changed the league a lot, when he first came in, with the things he has done and the things he continues to do in the league. And I think that’s what you want when you get people into the Hall of Fame, people that’s done something spectacular, something different.”
Herschel Walker, former Cowboys running back
“He’s a great owner, man, I love playing for him. I love the organization. I love the way he runs things. Anybody going into the Hall of Fame is a great honor and he’s one who is well deserving of it.”
Darren McFadden, current Cowboys running back and former Arkansas standout
“I was not surprised. I’m very proud of him. For the industry, he’s done a tremendous job. His enthusiasm and innovativeness, I’m glad he’s going in. It’s well deserved.”
Jack Hill, who spearheaded construction of AT&T Stadium
“ I think that Mr. Jones has done for the Cowboys, what (George) Steinbrenner did for the (New York) Yankees. I think that he will be known as the P.T. Barnum of the millennium. He puts on the greatest show in the NFL.”
Charlie Parker, Arlington City Council
“Some people are born to lead, even fewer can truly innovate and only a handful of people can redefine the paradigm of a professional sports league … and then there is Jerry Jones, a once in a generation, radical innovator that has cultivated the future by redefining what is next.”
Byron Chambers, principal design director at Gensler, (Former designer of AT&T Stadium while at HKS)
“Being the No. 1 most valuable sports franchise in the world doesn’t come by accident. Jerry has furthered every aspect of the organization: the sport, the business, the brand, and the architecture, knowing it is all inescapably linked.”
Scott Armstrong, Gensler’s co-project manager of The Star in Frisco
“When you look at his contributions to the NFL, his contributions are pretty significant wouldn’t you say? The Hall of Fame has made a really conscious effort in the last few years to get contributors into the Hall, people other than coaches and players, men who have shaped the game. They are part of the game. I think it’s important. I think he’s done a lot for pro football.”
Scott Myers, longtime Pro Football Hall of Fame sculptor
“There was a quote I saw a few weeks back. It was probably 25 years ago and Jimmy Johnson said if I had the last $100 in my pocket I would give it to Jerry because really that’s the person I trust who I know is going to make it happen. Really, I would probably double-down on that. Twenty-five years later, it’s how we all feel and to think the relationship I’ve been able to have. He’s really been like a father figure in so many ways, his loyalty, his drive. You talk about drive, that guy is driven. I think I’ve gotten better being around him. You line up all the great ones in this world and his name as far as his ability to connect and his drive to succeed, he’s at that list. What a heck of an accomplishment for him. He didn’t buy it in there. He earned it. I know that’s something he should be proud of and I know his family is as well.”
Jason Witten, Cowboys tight end
“Amazing. Jerry is everything. 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.”
Dez Bryant, Cowboys wide receiver
Robert Cadwallader and Eric Zarate contributed to this report.
Dallas Cowboys in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
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Seven others in the Hall have ties to the Cowboys: