Throughout the 2008 season, my friend and I would always make the joke that Jerry Jones would look into his silver and blue rows of Texas Stadium, point to a fan and ask how much they would sell their soul for, in exchange for a chance to play for the Dallas Cowboys.
"How much your Soul Fo', You right there!"
With Jerry Jones never disappointing his critics or his fans, the one thing you can always rely on is his ability to make a media splash.
From his big off-season deals, building Palace-ala-Jerry, or discussing past head coaches over a bottle of brandy, he truly runs Jerry's Circus.
Having said that, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys is here to stay and that's official, whether he be the "devil" or not. He is willing to put whatever he has into the team. Jerry will make the big deals when necessary and provide fans with the experience that they deserve, in return for cheering for "America's Team".
In more recent years he has been more conservative with the big breaking deals, passing on such notable free agents as Haynesworth, Marshall, and Julius Peppers.
His voice of reasoning seems to have been more of the Angel on his left, than the Devil on his right. Jones, as well as the rest of the Cowboys franchise, has now bought into the system of T.E.A.M. No longer are they using the millions of dollars for quick fixes and large off season deals.
Anybody remember Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvin? All great draft picks that's paid off because of the collaborative efforts that they provided the T.E.A.M.
Jerry has had patience with this team. For the past three years Wade Phillips has been on the hot seat with the media at the end of every season, despite having a 33-15 record, and winning the NFC East title two out of three years. For many other organizations this would never have happened....Oakland Raiders.
Sorry I was clearing my throat.
This is a testament to Jerry's patience. The Jerry of old would have felt the pressure, listened to the media and fans to go with a new coach and a new direction. He is listening to his players, the coaches, and maybe the most important piece, his son, Executive Vice President, Stephen Jones.
Stephen was the one, that many attribute to having convinced his father to finally move past the T.O. era which was a brilliant move for the Cowboys.
This off-season has been no different from the past few. Notable releases of Flo Adams and Ken Hamlin, seem to be the headlines so far for the Cowboys. It always seems like there is a calm before the storm when it comes to Jerry Jones though.
The 2010 Draft will be here before we know it and their aren't too many urgent needs for the Cowboys. With many returning veterans and players from last season's 11-5 performance, the Cowboys will be preparing mostly for the future with more depth.
Last years highly criticized class has turned out to produce some great rookie seasons. Victor Butler, David Buehler, Jason Williams, and Michael Hamlin. Some rookies were injured in camp and didn't get the opportunity to play. With them all healthy again, get ready to see that 2009 Draft class payoff in 2010.
Jones has shown a recent change in business practices and what seems like a Grinch like change of heart when it comes to letting his team be a TEAM and not a one-man show.
If indeed some point in the future Jerry reveals that he truly is the Devil.
I will follow him through the gates of hell because I know since I'm a fan of his Dallas Cowboys. The drinks will be on him.