Dallas Cowboys owner, general manager and president Jerry Jones is one of the most polarising figures in the NFL.
He splits opinion because of the way he does business. The 71-year-old is the Dallas Cowboys. Jerry Jones purchased Dallas in 1989 and since then he has been the most important member of the Cowboys personnel.
If Jerry Jones could play for the Cowboys, he would. But it is this intense hands on approach that has courted him plenty of criticism over the course of his tenure at the Cowboys.
Most notably, the acrimonious exit of former head coach Jimmy Johnson in the 1990's brought a lot of criticism Jerry Jones' way. Johnson was the two-time Super Bowl winning coach of the Cowboys at the time, and although Dallas won the title yet again two years later, some pinpoint Johnson's departure as the beginning of the end for the Cowboys' success.
Since their last Super Bowl win, Dallas has only won one playoff game. But former Cowboys superstar receiver Raghib Ismail defended Jones recently during a frank and honest interview, and explained that Jerry Jones can't pretend to be anything other than himself.
"Jerry Jones in his own right is legendary as an owner. I love Jerry Jones. He's the type of person that will always get a lot of criticism though," Ismail told GIVEMESPORT during a a FOOTLOCKER promotional opportunity.
"He's the type of person who invests in something fully. He's hands on investor. The common perception in a lot of people's mind is that he should let other people help him out, but that's just not the way he's cut.
"That type of thing rubs people the wrong way, especially when the team doesn't have the success or the type of success they believe the team should have. So that's why he polarises opinion, and I get that. If he's in, he's all in.
"But as far as Jerry Jones as a human being and a business man. Man he is top of the list. He's a perfect human being."
Whatever your take on the man that is Jerry Jones, one thing's for sure. If you've played for Jones and lived in 'Jerry World' you're most likely to be one of his biggest fans. While people may love to hate him, it seems that Jones is going to be as invested in the Cowboys for the rest of his life, which is exactly what Ismail 'The Rocket' thinks.
"Yeah man. I don't see him ever quitting the Cowboys. He's a lifer."
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