<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Blue Star]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcdfw.com/blogs/blue-star http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.comen-usMon, 21 Aug 2017 03:42:07 -0500Mon, 21 Aug 2017 03:42:07 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Cowboys Five Things to Know: Norv Turner Visits Camp]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:40:38 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/norv+turner+jason+garrett.jpg

NBC 5's Pat Doney has Five Things You Need to Know from Cowboys Camp, including a visit from former NFL head coach and offensive coordinator Norv Turner, who has advice for Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott.



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<![CDATA[Jerry Jones Collection: The Dallas Morning News]]> Wed, 02 Aug 2017 17:43:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/1501096168-_BB_7445.JPG View The Dallas Morning News' special collection of Jerry Jones Hall of Fame content, including archive stories, videos and digital interactives on SportsDayDFW.com.
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<![CDATA[NFL Releases Statement Accusing NFLPA of 'Shameful' Tactics]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:04:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ezekiel_Elliott_altercation_6p_71817.jpg

Just hours after the NFL announced Harold Henderson would hear Ezekiel Elliott's appeal, the NFL released a shocking statement regarding reports that the NFLPA was spreading derogatory information about Ms. Tiffany Thompson, the woman who previously accused Elliott of physical violence.

Last week, Elliott, whose case was dropped for a lack of evidence, was suspended six game by the NFL. Yesterday, Elliott and the NFLPA - the National Football League's Player Association - announced they would appeal, a normal response to controversial suspensions.

The NFL then announced Harold Henderson - a member of the NFL/NFLPA Player Care Foundation, who infamously reduced Greg Hardy's suspension from 10 to 4 games - would be hearing Elliott's appeals case. Many saw this as a sign that Zeke's suspension would likely be reduced, something many have argued is only fair - saying the NFL has no right punish Elliott, if the law could not - a highly debated premise.

The NFL said the reports of the NFLPA spreading negative news to about the victim, Ms. Thompson, are a common practice of the accused, but added: "These tactics are shameful. Efforts to shame and blame victims are often what prevent people from coming forward." 

The NFLPA responded with a statement claiming the NFL was incorrect in their accusations, adding: "The League office has a history of being exposed for its lack of credibility. This is another example... They should be ashamed for stooping to new lows."

The controversy further ingratiates the NFL in the ongoing cultural debates about gender violence and victim-blaming.


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<![CDATA[Cowboys Five to Know: Prescott Discusses Elliott Suspension ]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:47:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cowboys+Tuesday+Pic.JPG

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott discusses the NFL's suspension of running back Ezekiel Elliott. NBC 5's Pat Doney has that and more in Tuesday's Five Things to Know from Oxnard, California.



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<![CDATA[Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott Appeals NFL Suspension]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:57:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/205*120/usa-ezekiel-elliott.jpg

It was expected and became official Tuesday afternoon.

Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has filed an appeal for his six-game NFL suspension. Once filed, the league has 10 business days to schedule a hearing. The appeal would be heard by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell or somebody appointed by Goodell.

Ellliott was suspended last week for violating the league’s personal conduct policy involving an alleged domestic violence incident in July 2016. The NFL cited “substantial and persuasive evidence” that Elliott used physical force against a woman over multiple days in Columbus, Ohio. Elliott was never arrested and charged.

The NFL Players Association released a statement Tuesday afternoon, saying, “Our union has appealed the NFL’s six-game suspension of Ezekiel Elliott. We will represent Ezekiel, as we do all players, to ensure that the NFL is held to its obligation of adhering to principles of industrial due process under the collective bargaining agreement.”

Elliott and his representatives vowed to fight the suspension, releasing a statement on Friday, stating, “The NFL’s findings are replete with factual inaccuracies and erroneous conclusions and it ‘cherry picks’ so called evidence to support its conclusion while ignoring other critical evidence.”

The Cowboys open the regular season Sept. 10 at home against the New York Giants on NBC's Sunday Night Football.



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<![CDATA[Bad Month Continues for Lucky Whitehead]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:58:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/218*120/usa-lucky-whitehead.jpg

The past 30 days have not been so “lucky” for former Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead.

During that span, he lost his dog, was arrested for a crime he didn’t commit and released by the Cowboys because of the crime he didn’t commit.

Now he has a broken foot.

Whitehead was claimed by the New York Jets on waivers, but the chances of making the team took a hit after he broke his foot during Monday’s practice. Lucky just can’t catch a break.

Before the Ezekiel Elliott suspension, Whitehead was the talk of Cowboys training camp. However, it wasn’t a good thing. His name and information was used by a criminal in Virginia, which resulted in a warrant for failing to appear in court. He was cut by the Cowboys after the warrant went public and before authorities realized the case of mistaken identity. Whitehead said he wasn’t in Virginia at the time of the crime but the Cowboys didn’t believe him.

Chances were Whitehead was on the bubble anyways concerning his position on the field after the Cowboys selected speedy wide receiver/kick returner Ryan Switzer in the fourth round of this year’s NFL Draft. The drama didn’t help, even if it wasn’t all his fault.

Jets head coach Todd Bowles said no decision has been made on whether Whitehead needs surgery but that the wideout will be out for an extended period of time.



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<![CDATA[New College Football Award Named After Jason Witten]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:55:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-630560562.jpg

If you name an award after Jason Witten, you know it is big time.

The Cowboys have announced that All-Pro tight end’s name will be connected to the inaugural “Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year” award for college football leadership.

“The award will recognize the College Football Bowl Subdivision player who has demonstrated a record of leadership by exhibiting exceptional courage, integrity and sportsmanship both on and off the field,” according to a statement released by the Cowboys. “It will honor the type of exemplary character and commitment to community, family and teammates demonstrated by Jason Witten, the 10-time Pro Bowl tight end for the Dallas Cowboys and the 2012 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year.”

Football programs will submit their nominees and three finalists will be selected in November. The winner will be announced by a panel of former players and coaches, as well as representatives of the college football media world in December. The presentation of the award will take place at the first “Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year Banquet” in February.

“I am proud to be associated with the Collegiate Man of the Year,” said Witten in the statement. “It is my hope that this honor will encourage and inspire the next generation of student-athletes to not only perform at a high level on the field, but to use the platform to make a positive impact on campus and in the community.”

The winner will also receive a $10-thousand contribution in his name to the school’s athletic scholarship fund. The contribution will be made by Witten’s SCORE Foundation.

"There is no more appropriate person in our sport—at any level--to have his name associated with an award that represents character, dignity, service to others and responsibility than Jason Witten,” said Charlotte Jones Anderson, Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer of the Dallas Cowboys. “This award will honor the standard that Jason has set for leadership, both on and off the field, and it will serve as an inspiration to football players for generations to come."

Albertsons and Tom Thumb, in a close partnership with Witten and his foundation over the last decade, will be the presenting sponsor of the award.

Witten played college ball at Tennessee, compiling 797 yards and seven touchdowns over 36 games. During his freshman season, he saw time as a defensive end before making the switch to tight end. The Cowboys drafted Witten in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft.

Witten currently sits just 17 yards behind Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin’s franchise record for career receiving yards. He also needs to play in just two more games to set a new Cowboys record for games played. Witten also is just five catches behind Hall of Fame wide receiver Tim Brown for No. 6 in NFL history.

Witten signed a four-year contract extension with the Cowboys in March.



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<![CDATA[Jerry Jones Discusses Frank Broyles Impact]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:36:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jerry-jones-broyles-impact-dctv_1200x675_1025050179808.jpg

Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones talks about the impact of Frank Broyles, his former head coach at the University of Arkansas, who died at the age of 92 Monday.

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<![CDATA[Jerry Jones Dealing With the Death of Frank Broyles]]> Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:43:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cowboys_Owner_Jerry_Jones_Makes_Hall_of_Fame.jpg

It’s been a tough weekend for Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.  His All Pro running back who lead the NFL in rushing last season, Ezekiel Elliott, was suspended six games by the NFL for violating the league’s personal conduct policy and on Monday his college head coach Frank Broyles passes away at 92.

Jones loved Broyles and played for him. He was a starter on the 1964 national championship Arkansas team. The Pro Football Hall of Famer said in a statement, “This is an immeasurable loss of a man whose personality and presence touched millions of athletes, students, coaches and fans for more than seven decades—a man whose spirit and impact on lives will continue to be felt for generations to come.

Coach Broyles was a life changing influence for me both from a personal and professional perspective.

He taught me, and he taught all of his players, how to be prepared for the fourth quarter, both on the field and in life. He then displayed to all of us how to handle that fourth quarter with the care and devotion he so lovingly provided for his wife Barbara as she faced Alzheimer’s in her final years.

Through the years, whenever he was asked about Broyles, Jones would light up with a smile. This news, on the back of his reported frustration over the suspension of Elliott, no doubt hurts.  Jones reflected on his old coach with high praise, in his statement, “He was the singular most important man of sports in the history of the State of Arkansas, and his impact on the game of football across our country was just as significant.

As a coaching innovator, he introduced the I formation to the game. He brought mathematical concepts to the strategy of football by always looking for numerical advantages in blocking schemes. He also artfully shaped the early careers of so many assistant coaches who moved on to build successful programs of their own as head coaches. 

The Frank Broyles Award is so aptly named, because no one knew how to identify and develop quality assistant coaches better than Coach Broyles. To mention just a few, men such as Barry Switzer, Johnny Majors, Jimmy Johnson, Fred Akers, and Doug Dickey all benefited from his teachings and talent.

Known as one of biggest financial boosters to the Arkansas athletics programs, Jerry Jones has spent millions of dollars giving back to his alma mater in facilities and donations. He credited Broyles and the game of football for much of his success in life saying, saying, “Outside of my father, Frank Broyles was the most influential man in my life. My thoughts and sincere best wishes are with his family today, and our loss, is shared by millions.”

Jerry Jones has gone from being celebrated as one of the newest members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2017 to dealing with the suspension of one of his best players on the Cowboys to the death of a father figure.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys 5 To Know: Players React to Elliott Suspension ]]> Mon, 14 Aug 2017 18:32:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/073016+Cowboys+helmet+Oxnard.jpg

NBC 5's Pat Doney has the latest reaction from the players on Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott's suspension and more from Jerry Jones on the death of former Arkansas head coach and athletic director Frank Broyles from training camp in Oxnard, California. 



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<![CDATA[Jerry Jones, Darren McFadden React to Frank Broyles Death ]]> Mon, 14 Aug 2017 23:03:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jerryjimmy1011.jpg

The college football world is grieving today after the loss of former Arkansas head coach and athletic director Frank Broyles. According to a statement from his family, Broyles passed away after experiencing complications of Alzheimer’s disease. He was 92 years old.

Broyles won 71 percent of his games as head coach with the Razorbacks for 19 years. He became the athletic director in 1974 while still the football coach. Broyles eventually retired from the gridiron to focus more on the administrative work following the 1976 season.

He guided the football program to its lone national championship in 1964. Two of his players on that team went on to make their mark with the Dallas Cowboys, owner Jerry Jones and head coach Jimmy Johnson. Jones was an offensive lineman with the Razorbacks while Johnson played as a defensive lineman.

 “Outside of my father, Frank Broyles was the most influential man in my life,” Jones said in a news release. “My thoughts and sincere best wishes are with his family today, and our loss, is shared by millions. Coach Broyles’ name, his legacy, and spirit will continue to guide and grow collegiate athletics in this country for as long as young men and women aspire to compete and prosper from all of the virtues and life lessons that athletic competition provides.”

Jones added “Coach Broyles was a life changing influence for me both from a personal and professional perspective. He taught me, and he taught all of his players, how to be prepared for the fourth quarter, both on the field and in life.”

Current Cowboys and former Arkansas running back Darren McFadden sent out a tweet that said “Very sad day for razorback nation we lost a great one. Frank Broyles will forever be missed.”



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<![CDATA[Ezekiel Elliott's Father: 'People Will Know The Set Up']]> Mon, 14 Aug 2017 14:49:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-5954291321.jpg

The saga continues for Ezekiel Elliott.

The Cowboys running back has stated that he will fight the six-game suspension handed down by the NFL on Friday for allegedly violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

The appeal will likely be filed by Elliott’s representatives on Tuesday.

Elliott’s father, Stacy Elliott, hit Twitter Monday with a screenshot of a story from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that includes claims made by the women that his son is accused of assaulting. He tweeted out the claims allegedly made by his son's ex-girlfriend and accuser, Tiffany Thompson, which state comments such as “your career is over” and “You are a black male athlete. I’m a white girl. They are not going to believe you.”   

Along with the screenshot, Stacy Elliott also tweeted out, “My son’s legal team is ready to fight! Let’s deal!!! You will know the set up and PLOT!”

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The accusations revolve around an alleged incident in Columbus, Ohio in July 2016 in which Ezekiel Elliott was never arrested or charged. The NFL, however, was allowed to conduct its own investigation. The league’s personal conduct policy states “It is a privilege to be part of the National Football League. Everyone who is part of the league must refrain from “conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in” the NFL.”

An investigation by the league found that Thompson lied about one incident on the night of Elliott’s 21st birthday party. However, one of the league’s independent consultants said they found her other claims of physical force to be true.

Ezekiel Elliott’s representatives criticized the suspension, saying “the NFL’s findings are replete with factual inaccuracies and erroneous conclusions and it 'cherry picks' so called evidence to support its conclusion while ignoring other critical evidence."

The NFL did announce over the weekend they are closing the investigation into Ezekiel Elliott’s involvement in an altercation at a Dallas bar shortly before training camp opened. A league’s spokesman said the investigation would only resume if new information arises.



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<![CDATA[Rush Adding to the Cowboys Backup Quarterback Debate]]> Sun, 13 Aug 2017 17:17:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cowboys+Cooper+Rush.jpg

The calls are coming in. Cooper Rush should be the Cowboys backup quarterback.

The undrafted rookie out of Central Michigan is definitely making a case for that spot on the roster. He was 9-of-11 with a touchdown pass in the Cowboys 13-10 loss to the Los Angeles Rams Saturday night. Despite the loss, he outshined the current backup quarterback, Kellen Moore.

While the stock continues to rise for Rush, Moore did not have a great showing against the Rams. He played the entire first half, passing for 69 yards with his longest completion being 15 yards. In the previous week against the Arizona Cardinals in the Hall of Fame game, Moore was 12-of-17 for 182 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

With the Cowboys trailing the Rams 7-3 at the half, it soon became time for Rush. The undrafted quarterback completed his first eight passes in the second half and led the touchdown drive. In the Hall of Fame game against the Cardinals, he threw for 87 yards in 18 pass attempts and a touchdown.  

Now before everyone jumps on the Cooper Rush bandwagon, keep in mind that he’s facing anywhere from second to fourth string defenses in these preseason games, so let’s hold off on the Ring of Honor ceremony for right now. But Rush has shown he has the poise to an NFL quarterback.

“Cooper does a nice job when he goes in there,” head coach Jason Garrett said after the game. “He understands what we’re asking him to do, makes good decisions and made some good throws tonight.”

A very impressive moment for Rush was the touchdown pass to Rico Gathers against the Rams. You can’t throw the ball any better than that, leading the big tight end in stride and not giving the defense a chance to disrupt.

Around this time last year, the Cowboys had another third-string quarterback walk into the L.A. Coliseum and put on a show. That quarterback was named Dak Prescott. The combination of Prescott with Rush as the backup is sounding pretty sweet to Cowboys nation.

So the million dollar question is – should Rush be the No. 2 quarterback behind Prescott? The chances are highly unlikely, at least for right now. Moore was expected to be the backup last year to Tony Romo before a leg injury during training camp canceled out his season. The Cowboys have confidence in Moore for that role, despite what the fans might think, and thank hasn’t appeared to change in management’s eyes.

Of course, things can always change in a moment’s notice, as we witnessed a year ago when the Period of Prescott began to develop. Rush will continue to have his chance to make a case to be the next in line as training camp roles on. You never know what tomorrow might bring.

“I just think the biggest thing for these guys is that they have an opportunity each and every day,” Garrett said. “



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<![CDATA[5 Things to Know Cowboys vs. Rams]]> Sun, 13 Aug 2017 11:37:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/5_Things_to_Know_Cowboys_vs._Rams_1200x675_1023597123874.jpg

NBC 5's Pat Doney was at the game between the Dallas Cowboys vs. Los Angeles Rams and has the Five Things to Know after the Cowboys 13-10 loss.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Talk About Ezekiel Elliott Suspension]]> Sun, 13 Aug 2017 11:47:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Cowboys_Talk_About_Ezekiel_Elliott_Suspension.jpg

Following the Dallas Cowboys 13-10 preseason loss to the LA Rams, Coach Jason Garrett and players discussed for the first time the suspension of their star running back.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Nation Reacts To Zeke Suspension]]> Fri, 11 Aug 2017 17:45:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Zeke_Suspension.jpg

The Star is a major attraction for Dallas Cowboys fans.

Many fans decided to stop by the multi-million dollar facility in Frisco on Friday afternoon after finding out star running back Ezekiel Elliott has been suspended by the NFL for six games.

You can catch a glimpse of Elliott on the large screens that feature highlights of the team and several players during practice and games.

Number 21 is a fan favorite among many and their support is not wavering.

“I feel the suspension is a bit excessive,” said Michael Miller. “I thought possibly two games at the most.

“I think it's ridiculous,” said Robert Franco. “I think the cops didn't do anything about it and the NFL is a little too, they get involved too much.”

“I'm really upset right now,” said Stephen Chatman. “Six games is just too many maybe one or two is expected but six is a little out of hand. Roger Goodell is just pushing it.”

When asked if by two games he considered Elliott did something wrong to deserve a two game suspension, Chatman responded: “I don't believe he did anything wrong. I do believe he's had some immature moments since he's been the league.”

Dave Zepeda was also shocked by the decision.

“Hopefully they can appeal that and win and we can move on,” he said.

Dale Franks visited The Star with his small children and his reaction was more cautious.

“We love the Cowboys, but we can’t put what’s right for victims second. That should be the priority and that should be the message that we should pass on to our kids,” said Franks. “There are so many things in our society that we have an opportunity to teach our kids right or wrong and this may be an opportunity to sit down and talk to kids about stuff that’s very difficult to talk about.”

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<![CDATA[Cowboys' Zeke Elliott Suspended for Six Games]]> Fri, 11 Aug 2017 14:33:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/167*120/GettyImages-630220236.jpg

NBC 5's Pat Doney reports from Cowboys camp in Oxnard, California to talk about Ezekiel Elliott's six game suspension and what it could mean for Elliott and his team.



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<![CDATA[Something Good: Strides Against Breast Cancer]]> Fri, 11 Aug 2017 07:47:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TMSG_Cancer.jpg

The American Cancer Society kicked off its annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at AT&T Stadium Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Five Things to Know: Dez Bryant Makes Awesome Catch]]> Thu, 10 Aug 2017 21:34:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CowboysHelmet.jpg

NBC 5 Sports' Pat Doney has Five Things You Need to Know from Cowboys Camp in Oxnard for Thursday August 10, 2017.



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<![CDATA[Cowboys Five Things to Know: Conversation With Sean Lee]]> Wed, 09 Aug 2017 22:23:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-4881814501.jpg

NBC 5 Sports' Pat Doney has Five Things You Need to Know from Cowboys Camp in Oxnard for Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017.



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<![CDATA[Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities Host Back To School Drive]]> Wed, 09 Aug 2017 22:07:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/EMMITT_ON_BACK_TO_SCHOOL_EVENT_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1021320771735.jpg

Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith knows what it’s like to go without, now he’s making it his mission to make sure North Texas kids don’t have to experience the same thing.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Five Things To Know: All About Dak Prescott]]> Tue, 08 Aug 2017 17:14:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-630223164.jpg

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is the main topic from training camp in Oxnard, California as NBC 5's Pat Doney features Prescott in today's five things to know. 



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<![CDATA[Cowboys Five Things to Know: Back in California After Fun Weekend in Ohio]]> Mon, 07 Aug 2017 21:56:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/cowboys10.jpg

NBC 5's Pat Doney has the five things to know from today's Dallas Cowboys practice as the team returns to California after the Hall of Fame weekend in Ohio.



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<![CDATA[Is the NFL Ready to Suspend Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott?]]> Mon, 07 Aug 2017 16:27:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/usa-ezekiel-elliott-cowboys.jpg

The saga involving the personal conduct investigation into Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott takes yet another interesting turn.

On FS1’s Undisputed, Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter claims to have inside information concerning the probe, saying ‘In the next 48 hours, I would be shocked if Zeke was not suspended.”

Carter added that the punishment will be similar to the four-game suspension New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady received for Deflategate.

However, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell seemed to throw some water on Carter’s hot take, telling Newsday’s Bob Glauber, “We haven't made any decisions yet.”

Goodell also fired back at Carter, saying “I don’t think Cris has anything to do with the decision.”

But wait, there’s more.

Elliott’s father, Stacey Elliott, jumped in and sounded off on the situation. He posted a tweet with the message stating, "All your lies and plots will fail! I don't speak out of emotions! I speak out of actual facts! So ready for the show down!"

The investigation centers on domestic abuse accusations in July 2016 made by a female acquaintance of Ezekiel Elliott in Columbus, Ohio. Elliott was not arrested and never charged. He’s proclaimed his innocence with the Cowboys backing him from the beginning. However, the NFL never closed their investigation into the allegations.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has maintained that evidence shows Elliott’s innocence but also indicted in recent weeks that a decision on the matter was imminent.

Now with the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction weekend - involving Jones and the Cowboys - over with, the league could act quickly on a decision concerning a possible Elliott suspension.



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<![CDATA[Jerry Jones Wears Custom Gold Shoes to Induction Ceremony]]> Sat, 05 Aug 2017 20:19:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/jones+gold+shoes.jpg

During the Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones was seen wearing a custom pair of gold Nike shoes.

The shoes were a gift to Jones from Phil Knight, co-founder of Nike. Knight gave Jones the shoes on Thursday prior to the Hall of Fame Game.

The fabric and lining of the shoes are made from Haggar authentic Pro Football Hall of Fame jacket material.

There's also a button used on the jacket on the back of the shoes. 

Knight had similar shoes made for Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan for similar special accomplishments in their careers.

Jerry chose to wear the shoes to the Saturday night induction ceremony, saying he was deeply touched by the gift.



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<![CDATA[Justin Timberlake Among Stars at Jerry Jones Bash]]> Sat, 05 Aug 2017 14:05:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/justin-timberlake-jerry-jones-party.jpg

The owner of 'America's Team' had a star-studded party to celebrate his induction in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Friday night was the night where a party was held for Jerry Jones, who has owned the Cowboys since 1989.

The party was highlighted by a performance by Justin Timberlake. 

Our partners at the Dallas Morning News report Cowboys players and coaches were in attendance along with Cowboys greats Troy Aikman, Roger Staubach, former coach Jimmy Johnson and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

A regular this past season at Cowboys games, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, was also on hand in Canton, Ohio to honor Jones. 

Former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was also at the party, tweeting "Cheers to the man!"

Jones along with former TCU running back LaDainian Tomlinson are among seven who will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday evening in Canton, Ohio.



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<![CDATA[Ebersol Explains How Jerry Jones Changed Football]]> Fri, 04 Aug 2017 21:12:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/snf_ebersol_hall_of_fame_1200x675_1017865283804.jpg

NBC Sports television executive Dick Ebersol explains to NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs how Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones changed football. 

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<![CDATA[SNF's Al Michaels Shares His Thoughts on Jerry Jones]]> Fri, 04 Aug 2017 21:05:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/snf_al_michaels_hall_of_fame_1200x675_1017858627937.jpg

NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs talks with Sunday Night Football broadcaster Al Michaels about Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 

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<![CDATA[NBC 5 to Air 'The Road to Canton, The Texas Class']]> Thu, 03 Aug 2017 21:22:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NFL-HOF-JJ-and-LT.jpg

Join NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs and NBC 5 at Five Anchor Kris Gutierrez live from Canton, Ohio, for the "The Road to Canton, The Texas Class" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday on NBC 5.


NBC 5's "The Road to Canton, The Texas Class" takes a close-up look at two North Texas sports legends: Jerry Jones, Dallas Cowboys Owner, President and General Manager; and, LaDainian Tomlinson, NFL veteran and former TCU standout, both of whom will be formally enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame during ceremonies on Saturday in honor of their illustrious football careers.


The program examines the accomplishments of Jones and Tomlinson and tells personal stories of the two men through revealing interviews and discussions with family, friends and former colleagues.


Meredith Land, NBC 5 News at 6 and 10 Anchor, and Pat Doney, NBC 5 Sports Anchor/Reporter will host the program from Dallas-Fort Worth.

"The Road to Canton, The Texas Class" airs just prior to the NFL’s Hall of Fame Game live on NBC 5 at 7 p.m. featuring the Dallas Cowboys and the Arizona Cardinals playing in the new Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium located in Canton, Ohio.




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<![CDATA[Collinsworth Discusses Hall of Fame, Cowboys]]> Fri, 04 Aug 2017 21:02:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/snf_collinsworth_hall_of_fame_1200x675_1017868355575.jpg

NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs talks with Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth about Jerry Jones and the Hall of Fame, plus thoughts on the upcoming season for the Cowboys. 

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<![CDATA[Hall of Fame Talk with Newy Scruggs and Michele Tafoya]]> Fri, 04 Aug 2017 20:00:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/snf_michele_tafoya_hall_of_fame_1200x675_1017852483947.jpg

NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs talks with NBC Sunday Night Football sideline reporter Michele Tafoya about the show being honored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 

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<![CDATA[Backup Quarterbacks Perform Well in First Preseason Game]]> Thu, 03 Aug 2017 23:34:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEWY_HALL_OF_FAME_GAME_WRAP_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1016966211963.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys beat the Arizona Cardinals 20-18 in their first preseason game of 2017. NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs gives us his take on the game.

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<![CDATA[Road to Canton: Jerry Jones and LaDainian Tomlinson]]> Thu, 03 Aug 2017 18:18:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Road_to_Canton_5p_080317.jpg

It's been a long road to Canton for Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and LaDainian Tomlinson, former star running back at TCU and the San Diego Chargers, who are being inducted this weekend into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. NBC 5 Sports has your all-access pass to the Hall of Fame weekend.

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<![CDATA[Jerry Jones' Economic Footprint Extends Far Beyond The Star]]> Thu, 03 Aug 2017 18:55:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/the+star+cowboys+fans.jpg

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will be honored this weekend for his impact on the game of football by being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

But here in North Texas, his fingerprints can be seen across the area.

He built AT&T Stadium in Arlington, where the benefits to businesses reach far beyond game days.

Another area Jones has helped transform is Collin County. Jones already has a development in Allen, and he's building two more in Prosper.

Of course, there's The Star in Frisco, which is the anchor to a development known as the "Five Billion Dollar Mile," one mile with four mixed-use developments and more than $5 billion in capital investments.

The Ford Center at The Star opened in August 2016, but it's only part of The Star development.

Thirty restaurants, shops and the Cowboys Ring of Honor are under construction.

Ryan Callison, with Visit Frisco, says they should be completed within the next few months.

Callison says The Star is creating a buzz internationally.

"For 355 days out of the year, the Cowboys are here. The 10 other days they're at the stadium in Arlington. So when you have something like that, have them here and always promoting the city of Frisco, and having that global recognition, it's really just taking us up to level," Callison said.

It's no coincidence sales are up at nearby businesses since the world's most valuable franchise moved to town.

AJ Kaloshi, manager at Joe's Pizza on Warren Parkway, says sales have increased 30 percent since The Star began taking shape.

"I have seen the worst times, and I have seen the best times," said Kaloshi, who's seen Frisco grow. He's worked at the restaurant for more than a decade.

On Thursday, the city of Frisco released its latest population figures. As of July, the population was 167,800, up from 159,920 in January.



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<![CDATA[Hall of Fame Weekend Kicks Off With Cowboys Game]]> Thu, 03 Aug 2017 19:09:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/HOF_Road_to_Canton_6p_080317.jpg

Hall of Fame weekend is here for Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and TCU legend LaDainian Tomlinson. First up is the Hall of Fame game, and NBC Sports' Michelle Tafoya previews what fans can expect.

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<![CDATA[Pro Football Hall of Fame Prepares to Welcome Jerry Jones]]> Wed, 02 Aug 2017 22:51:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jerry+jones+hof+bust+shelf.jpg

The Pro Football Hall of Fame is ready to welcome its newest class, which includes Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones and former TCU and San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson.



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<![CDATA[Jerry Jones' Hall-of-Fame Impact Extends to Local Businesses]]> Wed, 02 Aug 2017 22:45:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/usa-jerry-jones-cowboys.jpg

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has had a big impact on all of North Texas, including the businesses located close to AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

Jones will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend in Canton, Ohio, for his contributions to the game.

At J. Gilligan's Bar & Grill, less than a mile from AT&T Stadium, business has never been better since the Cowboys came to town.

"Jerry Jones has changed our business," said owner Randy Ford. "The AT&T Stadium has changed our business."

Fans pack the place on game days, at a time of year when business used to be slow.

"We were always trying to find something in the fall," Ford said. "We never could find it, and now we've got it. And it's AT&T Stadium."

"On game day we will, at a minimum, do triple of what we normally do — three times the amount in sales," Ford added.

J. Gilligan's, a local landmark in its own right, opened 30 years before the Cowboys' stadium did in 2009, and now offers free parking and an $8 round-trip shuttle to AT&T Stadium.

By building AT&T Stadium, Ford says, Jerry Jones saved his business.

"I think that would be a fair statement, yes, I think that would be a fair statement," Ford said. "Let's face it, he is a great businessman and people around him, if they take care of their business, he brings opportunities to people like myself."

"It is absolutely priceless what he's built here," said Arlington city spokesman Jay Warren. "I don't really think if it as a football stadium. Clearly the Cowboys play here, but that's eight events a year. They're (AT&T Stadium) actually hosting 124 events a year here every year."

"The amount of attention that we're getting internationally in media coverage, when you've got the Super Bowl or just a regular Cowboys game, you can't buy media coverage like that," Warren added.

Fans in Arlington say Jones rightly deserves the hall of fame honor.

"He's been a great contributor to the NFL, he's been a great contributor to the city of Arlington," Ford said.



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