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As the ultra-visible owner of the most visible--and most polarizing--football team in the world, Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones takes a lot of criticism both at home and around the country when things aren’t going well for his team. Jones said this week that he wouldn’t have it any other way.
"It’s a privilege. I mean this. I mean it. It’s a privilege," Jones said, per ESPN Dallas. "It’s an absolute labor of love and a privilege to be critiqued if the Cowboys aren’t doing good. It is an honor to get to be with the team, the league and the game. I don’t like it. I want to do something about it to change it. But I don’t agree with what some people want me to do to change it. I hope no one thinks I am going to listen to that. Having said that, I expect it and frankly I do--it’s a big part of my life and I cherish it.”
Of course, there has been plenty to criticize of late. The Cowboys haven’t made the playoffs since 2009 and they’ve hovered near the .500 mark steadily for a decade and a half. But as the ever-optimistic Jones would likely be quick to point out, with the win over the Giants Sunday, the Cowboys are once again atop the NFC East.
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