9 Most Ridiculous Jerry Jones Moments
After showing up in the news last week with some amorous strippers, possibly without his pants, Jerry Jones is back in the headlines after having taken a couple weeks off.
Jerry Jones is considered to be a lot of things. An example of the egotistical owner. A narcissist. A stereotypical Texan (though he’s from Arkansas). It’s safe to say that the aforementioned are widely-held, and then there are a whole host of other opinions held by smaller groups of people.
He’s never shied away from the limelight, and he’s never changed his personality to become a more likable person to the masses. Which is why it’s so very, very easy to recount 9 moments when Jerry Jones acted like a pretty ridiculous person.
Calvin Johnson is among the best receivers in the league, but when Jones was posed with the question of who he fears more, Johnson or RB Reggie Bush, Jones offered up, “Well, I think Bush,” Jones said. “When I look at where we seem to have some vulnerability using the passes out of the backfield… I think Bush would be the one to leave home if we could get him left home.” Calvin Johnson went on to set a career-high of 329 receiving yards, and guided the Lions to a close victory.
9. Fearing Reggie Bush over Calvin JohnsonAs if the injury wasn’t bad enough, let’s add some insult to it, by tossing out the bullshit hypothetical that Calvin Johnson, the guy that cost us the game, the guy the GM didn’t think was the biggest threat, could have been covered well by Deion Sanders, a cornerback that hadn’t played for the Cowboys in 15 years and was long retired. Cowboys fans collectively groaned and wished that Jones would stop talking for a minute.
8. …Then Claiming Deion Sanders Could Have Covered Calvin JohnsonI don’t know if you can call this one “ridiculous,” but I’m going to. Sure, the Cowboys had a tremendous amount of success in the mid-90’s, and that was on Jerry Jones’ watch as GM. However, he’s proven pretty incapable of righting the ship after those halcyon days. What were his qualifications for making himself the de facto CEO of the Cowboys? He WAS a captain of the 1964 National Championship Arkansas Razorbacks, but that doesn’t make him qualified to lead a pro team in 1989. But he’s been doing it, and frustrating fans and coaches ever since, even in times of success.
7. Making Himself GMIf I have to tell you what’s ridiculous about a 9,000 year-old sports executive making a cameo on HBO’s Entourage, then you’re probably going to have a hard time with the rest of this list. Jerry Jones could totally be the star of an Entourage spin-off that follows rich old men as they run around and creep people out.
6. Appearing on 'Entourage'
LOOKIN’ GOOD, JER!!!
5. The FaceliftWhen Jerry Jones announced to the world that he was going to build a $1 billion stadium for his Dallas Cowboys, everyone just sort of shrugged and said, “I figured.” It turned out to be like $1.6 billion, and practical or not, has become the high water mark for stadiums in the league. Of course, he had to ship the team off to the likes of Arlington to do it, so there’s a steep price to pay for the move that isn’t measured in dollars.
“All I can say right now is that he looks good in the shower." Mmmmmmhmmmm, Jerry! Delicious. (No one feels worse about the absence of a video clip here than I do. I promise.)
3. His Initial Thoughts on (Then-) Rookie Troy Aikman
In March of 1994, after two consecutive Super Bowl victories, Jerry Jones fired Jimmy Johnson. Why do you fire a coach that has led your team to such success? Well, as Jones put it, “There are 500 coaches who could have won the Super Bowl with our team.” First of all, 500 is ridiculous. Secondly, Jerry is a bit of an idiot sometimes. Word on the street is that Johnson’s big personality was starting to infringe on Jones’ self-importance, so rather than adapt to the talent, it was easier to fire Jimmy Johnson. Fortunately, the next guy was one of the 500 coaches who was able to take the Cowboys to the Super Bowl.