Being the owner of a major sports team, such as the NFL, has many perks. Having box seats to all of the home and away games as well as professional football players attending your charity events are just a couple of great examples. What many fans may not realize is the emotional strain that comes with being the owner of a sports team.
Jerry Jones knows all about the ups and downs of being an owner. The Dallas Cowboys have experienced some all-time highs as a franchise, while they also have succumbed to some embarrassing lows. Even though Jones has an amount of money that most people can only dream of possessing, all he wants is one more Super Bowl ring before he’s too old to appreciate a championship. The phrase “money can’t buy you happiness” certainly applies in the case of Mr. Jones.
Fans cry all the time when their team loses the big games that only come around a handful of times over the span of one’s life. I’ve experienced my fair share of difficult losses. However, it’s a completely different level with owners. Jones puts his blood, sweat, tears and wealth into the Cowboys. He would do anything for the football team, just as the members of the organization would do anything to make sure Jerry’s World keeps on ticking.
Jones isn’t much of a crier, or at least I would imagine that to be the case. With that being said, there are three specific instances in which he did shed a few tears after a tough loss.
The first one occurred after the Cowboys lost to the San Francisco 49ers in the 1995 NFC Championship Game. The reason for crying was because Jones knew deep down Dallas was the better team. On top of that, the Cowboys missed out on a prime opportunity to win three straight Super Bowls, a feat that has never been accomplished.
The second time he let the flood gates open came in 2002 when the Cowboys lost the season opener to the Houston Texans. Jones is a big reason why Houston got their own football team in the first place. In fact, he helped bring the franchise to Houston even though he knew he would lose some Cowboys fans in the process. The kicker was that the Texans were an expansion team at the time, which is something Jones simply couldn’t handle.
The third time Jones broke down and let the water works fly came after Dallas lost to the New York Giants in the 2007 NFC Divisional playoff game. I’m not a Cowboys fan and even I knew that had to be one of them. Dallas was destined for greatness that season, only to lose to the likes of Eli Manning.
The next you feel like bawling because your team didn’t make it to the Super Bowl just remember that there’s an owner sitting in a luxury box who is in even worse shape than you are.