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Jerry Jones is not afraid to mix it up with fans

Dallas Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones is among the most recognizable team owners in all of professional sports.  Jones has joined the ranks of New York Yankees’ owner George Steinbrenner and Oakland Raiders owner’ Al Davis on this illustrious list.

Since Davis turns 81 years old and Steinbrenner turns 80, amazingly both on July 4, Jones has no doubt become the most public of these legendary figures.  Ironically, Jones’ newest competition, regarding sports ownership notoriety, might be his fellow Metroplex resident, Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban.    

Jones is both revered and reviled by Cowboy and NFL fans alike.  The hero who won three Super Bowls and built the most magnificent stadium in American sports history is also the villain who fired legendary Cowboys’ coach Tom Landry and broke apart his team’s 90’s dynasty, due to his tainted relationship with Coach Jimmy Johnson.

Jones is also infamous for overseeing the Cowboys during their longest playoff victory drought in club history.  Last season’s 34-14 win over the Philadelphia Eagles was the team’s first in 13 years.

Love him or hate him, Jerry Jones appears to be an owner that is not afraid to mix it up with his team’s mega fan base.  Below are two pieces of video displaying this belief.

The first scene took place during a Mexico vs. Haiti soccer match, at Cowboys Stadium last July.  Jones was very happy to sign autographs and shake hands with a bevy of fans in attendance.

The second piece is Jones’ famous drunken rant about Tony Romo, Bill Parcells and Tim Tebow.  It is pretty cool that this recent, dubious interaction was with a group of ordinary fans, not media or other NFL personnel.

Jones also made news this offseason regarding the practical joke played on him by New Orleans Saints’ coach Sean Payton, during the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

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Jon Rapoport has spent his career working on all sides of the media and sports industry. He began his career at ESPN in studio production at the ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut. While there, he won an Emmy for his contribution to "SportsCenter." Following his tenure at ESPN, Jon relocated to Los Angeles, joining the staff of the “Best Damn Sports Show” on FOX Sports Net.

Upon leaving the show, Jon worked in Web site and sports radio show development/production, with Major League Baseball in media operation logistics for the World Baseball Classic and on behalf of Los Angeles’ effort to bring the 2016 Summer Olympics back to Southern California. Jon currently writes a political blog for the Los Angeles edition of

Born and raised in Plymouth, Minnesota (just outside of Minneapolis), Jon is an avid sports fan, particularly for his beloved Minnesota teams. Jon graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he earned his BA in communication and interned for ABC’s “Good Morning America” in New York City and Washington D.C. He is married and resides in Los Angeles.  

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