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Jerry Jones: A Maverick Owner

By: Keeyon M. Weathersby

Table of Contents

1. Background (Page 1)
2. Followers and situation (Page 2)
3. Contextual and Operational Leadership (Pages 3-4)
4. Motivational approach (Pages 4-5)
5. Theories/models (Page 5)
6. Analysis (Pages 6)
7. Lessons learned (Page 7)
8. Bibliography (Page 8)

Jerry Jones: A Maverick Owner


Jerral "Jerry" Wayne Jones was born October 13, 1942, in Los Angeles, California. He is the owner and general manager of the Dallas Cowboys. As a co-captain of the 1964 National Championship Arkansas Razorbacks, Jones is one of a very small number of NFL owners who actually earned a significant level of success as football players. He is the only man in the history of the National Football League to play for a collegiate national championship football team and own a Super Bowl winner. A man of varied interests, who will not rest on yesterday’s achievements, he is a dedicated businessman and family man - sharing a vivid enthusiasm for both. Since he took over as general manager in 1989, the Cowboys have drafted 24 different players who have gone on to appear in a combined total of 85 Pro Bowls. Dallas has also signed nine free agent players who have made 22 Pro Bowl appearances while representing the Dallas Cowboys. Since 1989 the Cowboys have made 122 trades, the most celebrated of which was the 1989 deal that sent Herschel Walker to the Minnesota Vikings; and provided the personnel foundation for three league titles. In the last 31 years, 33 different owners have entered the National Football League. Of that group, only Jerry Jones and Robert Kraft of New England have guided their franchises to more than two Super Bowl championships. Moreover, Jones joined Art Rooney, Jack Kent Cooke, Al Davis, Eddie DeBartolo and Kraft as the only men to have won at least three Super Bowls as NFL owners. Jones is one of three NFL owners who also have the title or powers of general manager, the others being the Oakland Raiders' Al Davis and the Cincinnati Bengals' Mike Brown. Followers & Situation Mr. Jones leads the entire Dallas Cowboys organization, from top to bottom, by being the Owner, President and General Manager. He leads the rest of executives, coaches and players within the organization. He has a right hand man-his son, Stephen Jones-who is the Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Player Personnel; but every decision made within the organization Jones has to have the final call. In one of the most dramatic eras of ownership in professional sports, Jerry Jones’ stewardship of the Dallas Cowboys has brought unprecedented results and success to one of the world’s most popular sports entities. Jones is also one of the most active figures in the area of service to the leadership of the NFL. His contributions are visible on a daily basis with his participation in a wide range of committees that assist in maintaining the NFL’s current level of success and stature. The future success of the team and its new stadium provide the driving inspiration for the entire Jones Family. The new Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, will serve as the beacon that will help North Texas stake its claim as a major focal point on the sporting and entertainment landscapes of this country. In the opening for the 2009 NFL season, the state of the art home of the Cowboys will serve as a powerful catalyst to attract a wide range of national and international events; events that will vividly help define the future of the region for generations to come. That process is already underway as the Cowboys and North Texas will play host to Super Bowl XLV in Arlington following the 2010 NFL season. The venue will also host the 2010 NBA All-Star Game and the 2014 NCAA Final Four in Men’s Basketball. In addition, the stadium is now the permanent home of the AT&T Cotton Bowl Game played annually on January 1.

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