25 years after his purchase of the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones was praised by Emmitt Smith for his work at Valley Ranch and beyond.
Smith was drafted by Jones’ and co. in 1990 out of Florida. With Jones as his boss, Smith became a legend in Dallas, winning three Super Bowls and overtaking Walter Payton as the NFL’s all-time leading rusher. Considering the level of success he experienced with the team, it’s no surprise that Smith looks back on his working relationship with Jones fondly.
“When I think of Jerry Jones I think of a brilliant, brilliant business man, a man that’s a risk-taker, a man that has a tremendous mind for marketing and branding, a guy that leverages everything that he has for the betterment of the Dallas Cowboys and his family,” Smith said, per the Dallas Morning News. “A big-hearted guy that takes care of his football players, a guy that was very much willing to allow me to sit in his office and listen in on some of his business conversations so I could understand some business terms and some business things that he was doing and understand business from his perspective.
“He’s just a guy that’s a fun-loving guy. His family gave $1 million to the YET (Youth Education Town) program over in Arlington. They do tremendous work with the Salvation Army every year. They are givers in their own right. And they are tremendous visionaries. They’re a great family to watch work together and they do a very good job of it. Charlotte does her thing, Stephen does his thing, Jerry Jr. is able to do his thing as well. From a family standpoint, they are all in it together. That’s a wonderful thing to see.”
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