Who doesn’t know Jerry Jones, one of the most controversial sports owners of all time, the owner of Dallas Cowboys? Jerry Wayne Jones is best known as an entrepreneur. He has been the owner of ‘Dallas Cowboys since 1989 and has managed his team on his terms but so entirely that it became the reason for the team to achieve glory in many competitions.
Ever since Jerry Jones bought the rights to his NFL team, he made bold decisions that, quite often, took sports analysts by surprise and angered the Cowboy fans. Nevertheless, there’s no denying the fact that he is the man who brought about not one, not two – but three marvellous Super Bowl victories.
Intrigued to know more about the not-so-favourite-yet-the-most-effective sports owner? Wondering what the decisions made by Jerry Jones, that angered the franchise as well as the fans, were? Let’s delve more into the life of Jerry Jones and find out about his reign over the Cowboys, the trade of Heisman trophy winner, Herschel Walker, his many questionable choices, why he fired the legendary Cowboy coach, Tom Landry and of course, the big bucks he’s collected and his net worth as of 2021.
Biography & Wiki
|Real Name/Full Name||Jerral Wayne Jones|
|Age||76 years, Born on 13 October 1942|
|Height||6 feet 4 inches|
|Children||Stephen Jones, Jerry Jones Jr., Charlotte Jones|
|Net Worth||$7 Billion|
|Source of Wealth||American businessman, Owner of the National Football League (NFL)'s Dallas Cowboys|
Jerry Wayne Jones was born on October 13, 1942, in Los Angeles, California. Later his family moved to North Little Rock, Arkansas where he spent his childhood. Jerry Jones father J.W ‘Pat’ Jones and mother Armenia Pearl Clark Jones, got married in 1941. His father owned an insurance company. He went to North Little Rock Higher School where he played football in the running back position and eventually became the co-captain of Arkansas.
Being the co-captain of the team, Jerry won the national championship in 1964, with his teammates under the guidance of coach Frank Broyles. After Jerry Jones graduation, his parents moved to Springfield Missouri where his father became the President and Chairman of ‘Modern Security Life’ Insurance company. Later, after earning a considerable capital, the couple sold the company in 1971 and started vista animal paradise where tourist could see the exotic wildlife and nature.
Jerry Jones Personal Life: Affair, Girlfriend, Married, Wife, Children & Family
Jerry Jones met a beautiful lady Eugenia ‘Gene’ Jones, his future wife, on a blind date at a local fair, when he was studying at the University of Arkansas. They got married in January 1963. The couple has also given birth to 3 children, two boys and one girl. They hold important position in the ‘Dallas Cowboys’ franchise as the team’s CEO, executive vice president and director of player personnel.
After completing his graduation, Jerry Jones worked at his father’s insurance company as the executive director. In 1967, he missed a chance of buying AFL team because he chose to complete his masters, on his father’s advice. After completing his post-graduation in business from Arkansas, he tried many companies but couldn’t taste success until he started his own Oil and Gas Company in Oklahoma, which expanded rapidly.
His business soon covered significant portions of the western USA and even Canada. On February 15, 1989, Jerry Jones purchased ‘Dallas Cowboys’ team from H.R. Bright who was the previous owner of the ‘Dallas Cowboys‘, for $140 million. Until then, the team was not performing well. However, the team reached soaring heights under Jerry Jones and not long after, became the best NFL franchise of the 1990s. They even won the Super Bowl for two consecutive years (1992 and 1993) and then made a comeback a year later in 1995 to grab the Super Bowl Winners title again.
Awards & Achievements
In the year 1964 as co-captain of Arkansas team Jerry Jones received FWAA college Football National Championship award. As the owner of ‘Dallas Cowboys’ team, he was awarded by outstanding team ESPY in the year 1993. In 1995 the ‘Financial world’ Magazine indicated him the owner of a most valuable sports organization. In the year 2013, he was honored by Horatio Alger award and in 2014 as the NFL executive of the year. Jerry Jones was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August 2017.
Jerry Jones Salary, Net Worth & Earning
As of 2021, The total estimated net worth of Jerry Jones till date is $7 Billion. He has earned most of his wealth from his business endeavors and also from his reputed American football team, ‘Dallas Cowboys’. Interestingly, his move to buy the team way back in 1989 for a considerable $140 million had left everybody shocked. Why? You ask? Well, up till that time no fool had spent anything over $100 million on a sports team. Jerry proved everybody wrong with time and now the ‘Dallas Cowboys’ are worth $5 billion. The team rakes in a staggering annual income of $350 million! Not a fool now, eh? This massive capital has given Jerry Jones a dream life, full of luxury and comfort. Recently Jerry Jones said “If I had to sell the team tomorrow I wouldn’t accept anything less than $10 billion.”
Exciting Facts you should know about Jerry Jones
Jerry Jones’ bold decisions may have made him a subject of criticism. However, under him, his team has reached great positions. So, he must be doing something right, isn’t it? With the following facts, let’s dig more into the baffling personality of Jerry Jones because while you may think that you know the man, there are subtleties about his persona that you may have overlooked.
• In 1994, the ‘Ernst and Young’ Magazine Featured Jones on the list of 10 people chosen for the ‘Entrepreneur of the year’ award
• ‘Basketball’, a film made in 1998, had a character as the owner of the ‘Dallas Felons’. Jerry Jones inspired the character.
• He did not shy away from taking a bold decision as he changed coaches of ‘Dallas Cowboy’ for five times, which includes the trade of Walker and the replacement of the legendary coach, Tom Landry.
• Jerry Jones was voted the “Least Favorite Sports Personality” in 2003.
• However, Jones’ Dallas Cowboys have been on the top of Forbes list of most valuable NFL teams for 11 consecutive years.
Jerry Jones may not be the most beloved owners in the NFL franchise, but he is certainly the most effective one. Yes, there is a certain mysterious duality when it comes to Jerry Jones’ personality, but no one would dare to deny that he has achieved many crowns for his entrepreneurial skills and has been an excellent inspiration to many.