IRVING, Texas The National Football Foundation (NFF) announced today that Jerry Jones, the owner, president and general manager of the Dallas Cowboys, has been named to the NFF Leadership Hall of Fame as a charter inductee. Jones will be honored Oct. 3 during an event at the Omni Dallas Hotel.
“Jerry Jones has established himself as one of our nation’s top businessmen with a desire to win that is eclipsed by no one,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. “He honed his leadership skills early in life as an All-Southwest Conference player for Hall of Fame coach Frank Broyles on the 1964 national championship Razorback team, and he has built on those successes ever since. We are thrilled to have him as a charter NFF Leadership Hall of Fame inductee.”
The NFF announced the creation of the NFF Leadership Hall of Fame in May. The new platform provides the organization with a powerful vehicle for recognizing the country’s most influential individuals who have ascended to the highest levels of success and exhibited the critical leadership qualities that transcend ordinary enterprises.
“Jerry Jones cares deeply about the future of football, and he has been a great supporter for the NFF and its mission to protect the game for subsequent generations,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “He fully understands the power the sport commands in our society today, and he knows firsthand the value the sport can play in transforming young lives by teaching valuable lifelong lessons and creating educational opportunities. His accomplishments and commitment to the sport make him the perfect person to help us launch the NFF Leadership Hall of Fame. We are thankful for his contributions on many, many levels.”
Inductees into the NFF Leadership Hall of Fame must exhibit a passion for the NFF’s mission of building leaders through football, and their accomplishments must embody the same qualities in amateur football that define excellence in American life: hard work, discipline, determination, teamwork, integrity and the relentless pursuit to improve. Each inductee’s accomplishments will be enshrined in an exhibit at the new College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta as role models for future generations to emulate.
At the Oct. 3 event, Jones’ outstanding record of leadership and many contributions to the sports business world and the community will be highlighted along with the role football played in his life. Jones joins George Pyne, the president of IMG Worldwide Sports and Entertainment, as a charter inductee into the NFF Leadership Hall of Fame.
Proceeds from the event will go to support the NFF’s “I Played Football” campaign, which is a series of public service announcements that will emphasize the value of the sport in the lives of many of our nation’s greatest leaders. The campaign will kick off this fall, featuring a 30-second TV spot with GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt who played offensive tackle at Dartmouth College.
Jerry Jones Biography
In one of the most dramatic eras of ownership in professional sports, Jerry Jones’ stewardship of the Dallas Cowboys has brought unprecedented success to one of the world’s most popular sports entities. Aside from being one of only four current owners to guide their franchises to at least three Super Bowl titles, Jones contributes to sports dominance as one of the most active figures in the NFL’s current leadership and success. His daily influence makes an impact on a wide range of committees while his enthusiasm for the future of the sport plays a critical role in guiding the league’s overall direction.
Highlighted by Super Bowl victories after the 1992, 1993 and 1995 seasons, Jones became the first owner in history to guide his team to three NFL championships in his first seven years of ownership. In 1995, Dallas also became the first team in history to win three Super Bowls in four seasons while tying the NFL record for most Super Bowl victories by an organization with five. Jones closed out his first decade of ownership with eight playoff appearances, six division titles, four conference championship appearances and three world crowns as the Cowboys were named the NFL’s Team of the 1990s. Dallas closed the first decade of the new millennium with division titles in 2007 and 2009 while the 2009 club secured the 11th playoff appearance in Jones' 22 seasons of leadership.
Along with the success of the Dallas Cowboys on the field, Jones' vision and leadership provided the driving influence behind the concept, design and construction of Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas - a venue internationally recognized among the most spectacular in the world. Opened to the public in May of 2009, Cowboys Stadium's dramatic first season resulted in the venue being named the Sports Facility of the Year by the Sports Business Journal in May of 2010. Along with that achievement for the team's new home, SBJ recognized Jones as the 2009 Sports Executive of the Year.
The 100,000-plus seat Cowboys Stadium set the attendance record for an NFL regular season game with 105,121 witnessing the Sept. 20, 2009 home opener, and the venue annually attracts more than two million fans to events that have included high school and collegiate football, major college basketball, professional bull riding, Motocross, world championship boxing and a handful of concerts that featured world renowned recording artists. Another million visitors have passed through the twelve-story-high doors of the stadium for daily public tours of the venue.
Cowboys Stadium has become a powerful catalyst in attracting a wide range of national and international events. After hosting Super Bowl XLV in February of 2011, other top-flight events planned for the facility include the inaugural College Football Playoff Championship game in 2015, the annual AT&T Cotton Bowl, the 2014 NCAA Final Four in men's basketball and the annual Texas A&M - Arkansas football series.
On the league front, Jones actively contributes his vision and enthusiasm to enhance the NFL's status as the world's premier professional sports league. He serves on a wide range of committees, and he played a key role on the Management Council Executive Committee during the 2012 labor negotiations that resulted in a historic Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NFL and its players. In addition to the CEC, Jones currently serves as the chairman of the NFL Network Committee, and he sits on the NFL Broadcasting Committee, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Committee and the NFL Player Dire-Need Committee.
His contributions and innovations in the areas of marketing, corporate sponsorships, television, stadium management, stadium development, labor negotiations and community service have made a powerful imprint on the face of professional sports in America, and his accomplishments have earned him induction into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame (1999), the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame (1998), the Texas Business Hall of Fame (2005), the Texas Sports Hall of Fame (2007) and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America Hall of Fame.
As a co-captain of the 1964 National Championship Arkansas Razorbacks, Jones finds himself among a very small number of NFL owners who actually earned a high level of success as a football player. He remains the only man in football history to play for a national college championship football team and own a Super Bowl winner. In addition, Jones joins the legendary George Halas as the only two men to become NFL owners after playing in a major college football bowl game. His current ties to the college game include membership on the prestigious Board of Directors for the National Football Foundation & College Football Hall of Fame.
A man of varied interests with a relentless desire to achieve excellence, Jones has built a reputation for having equal passion as a dedicated businessman, leader in the community and a family man. Jones and his family have made contributions to numerous civic and charitable causes, and they have left a special and indelible impact on the nation’s philanthropic landscape with their love and dedication to The Salvation Army.
For the past 16 seasons, the Jones family has dedicated the Cowboys Thanksgiving Day halftime show and its national platform to kick off The Salvation Army's annual Red Kettle Drive. Through the donation of national television air-time, the event has created a new holiday tradition while helping The Salvation Army raise hundreds of millions of dollars. Major George Hood of The Salvation Army states that "by presenting the National Kettle Kickoff on Thanksgiving Day, the Dallas Cowboys have helped the Army raise over one billion dollars in the past 16 years." The Salvation Army cites the annual Cowboys kickoff event as one of the most effective, creative and important innovations in the long and storied history of the organization.
The Joneses received the Evangeline Booth Award in 1999, one of the Army's highest national community service awards, and they have been selected for membership into the prestigious Salvation Army William Booth Society. Gene and Jerry Jones were also named to the Army's National Advisory Board in April of 1998 shortly after being named the organization's Partners of the Year in 1997. In April of 2007, they served as the honorary chairpersons for the Salvation Army's National Advisory Organizations Conference (NAOC) that was held in Dallas.
As part of the Jones Family and the Dallas Cowboys commitment to Arlington, Texas, the home of the club's new stadium, Gene and Jerry Jones Family Charities have committed a total of $16.5 million to non-profit organizations serving youth in Arlington from 2009-2041. The family’s involvement in the community extends to multiple notable organizations, including Children's Medical Center of Dallas, Happy Hill Farm Academy/Home, the Kent Waldrep Paralysis Foundation, The Rise School of Dallas, The Family Place and The Family Gateway. In 2010, the Jones family endowed the North Texas Youth Education Town with a $1 million grant. Created as a lasting legacy of Super Bowl XLV, the North Texas YET will be administered by The Salvation Army and provides North Texas youth with education, mentoring, fitness and character enrichment programs.
The family’s contributions have been recognized countless times. In 2001, the Joneses received the Chairman's Award by The Boys and Girls Clubs of America. In June of 2002, Gene and Jerry Jones accepted the Children's Champion Award for Philanthropy, presented by the Dallas for Children organization. In 2003, the Family Gateway organization of Dallas presented Gene and Jerry with the Annette G. Strauss Humanitarian Award. In April of 2005, Gene and Jerry received the Hope Award, the highest community service recognition bestowed by the Lone Star Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. In 2010, the Jones Family and the Cowboys claimed the prestigious Chairman's Award for a second time from the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, recognizing their long and dedicated history of supporting the organization.
Born Oct. 13, 1942, Jones and his wife Gene live in Dallas. They have three children Stephen, Charlotte and Jerry, Jr., and nine grandchildren.