The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced on Twitter Tuesday afternoon that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, along with former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, have been selected as Contributor Finalists for induction in 2017.
— Pro Football HOF (@ProFootballHOF) August 16, 2016
Whether you love him or hate him, Jerry Jones has been a major part of the NFL’s foundation since his brash entrance in 1989. Most recently, Jones was instrumental in the return of football to the Los Angeles area.
Since buying the the team 27 years ago, Jones’ Cowboys have drafted 35 Pro Bowlers, won three Super Bowls, and constructed one of the most innovative stadiums in sports history.
As a testament to Jones’ impact on the league, even occasional foe Jimmy Johnson tweeted out congratulations to his former employer.
Congratulations to Jerry Jones as Finalist Pro Football HOF.I know his passion and contribution he has made to the growth of the NFL
— Jimmy Johnson (@JimmyJohnson) August 16, 2016
Although Jones didn’t actually play the game, the contributor category was established last year to give certain candidates a chance for their contributions to be recognized.
They call him “Mr. Businessman” for a reason. Simply put, Jones has changed the financial dynamic of the NFL to make it more profitable.