Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones has been named as one of 12 business and civic leaders to be honored with the Horatio Alger Award this year, which is given to those leaders “who have demonstrated courage, fortitude and character in pursuing personal and professional success despite significant personal adversity” by the Horatio Alger Association.
Jones came from humble beginnings in Little Rock, Arkansas before going to college on a football scholarship, even winning a National Championship in 1964. He bought the Cowboys back in 1989, and though the team hasn’t been able to recapture the success of the early- to mid-90s of late, they’re still perennially the highest valued team in the NFL.
“Jerry Jones’ leadership and work ethic are unparalleled,” said Tony Novelly, president and CEO of the Horatio Alger Association. “When looking at all of his accomplishments, it is clear that Mr. Jones not only meets the standard for lifetime Membership of the Association but exceeds it. From his business acuity to his renowned generosity, especially in the Dallas community, we are proud to welcome him as a Member. We have no doubt that he will serve as a wonderful advocate for the Association and its mission.”
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