I know he takes a lot of shit and he deserves most of it. But the one thing you can't deny is the passion of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
It was on full display again during Sunday night's 60 Minutes story on CBS. At one point Jones' eyes were watering as he talked of being motivated - still, as a billionaire - by the fear of being broke.
"I don't want to go back that far," he says. "So yeah, I run scared."
Jones makes mistakes and as a general manager he said New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner would've long ago fired him. But when you see Tashard Choice asking for an opponent's autograph on the field after a loss and then listen to Jones, you appreciate just how damn much the owner cares:
Highlights of the piece ...
*He admits "stats are for losers."
*Says the Cowboys got too full of themselves.
*Says as the GM he's "getting a real going over" by critics.
*Grades himself with an F, or D-minus this season.
*Totally accepts blame: "The way this thing is structured it is my fault."
*And, in the end, manages to throw himself one bone by saying "If you're going to be in the fox hole with somebody you want to be in there with me."
Certainly I'm disappointed at a disastrous Cowboys' season. But I'm also sympathetic toward Jones.
Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.