Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been known to let his enthusiasm get the best of him during public speaking engagements from time to time, particularly in the offseason, when games are far off and the possibilities seem endless—but calling the owner of the Cleveland Browns one of the five best owners in the NFL?
Yes, he did.
As the speaker at the Canton (Ohio) Regional Chamber of Commerce dinner on Wednesday night, Jones heaped praise on Haslam—the man who claimed to have drafted Johnny Manziel on the advice of a homeless man he had never met before—and predicted the Browns are on the verge of turning it all around.
"I'm totally convinced that the Browns are going to be a factor as we look to the years ahead," Jones told The Canton Repository, with a straight face as far as we know.
“Jimmy Haslam came into the league as one of the very best owners that we have. … I’d put him in the top five. Right now. I recognize that he hasn't had the success. Not everybody does early on. We didn't have early success. But he's firing at it. He's committed. He works just as hard at this as with anything he's ever done.”