The Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals will meet in the 2017 NFL Hall of Fame Game on Thursday, August 3, 2017 (8/3/17) at Canton, Ohio, as the NFL preseason kicks off.
On Saturday, the Class of 2017 will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Here’s what you need to know:
Who: Dallas Cowboys vs. Arizona Cardinals
What: 2017 Hall of Fame Game
Where: Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Canton, Ohio
When: Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017
Time: 8 p.m. Eastern
Livestream: NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app
Hall of Fame inductees: Kurt Warner, Jerry Jones, Terrell Davis, LaDainian Tomlinson, Jason Taylor, Kenny Easley and Morten Andersen.
Jones never seems sure where to start in tracing the roots that led to him becoming one of the most powerful men in the NFL.
His influence in the league is as good a reason as any why the Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager will soon be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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Maybe it’s the 9-year-old Jones dressed in a bow tie by his mother so he could greet customers at the family grocery store in Arkansas. Or perhaps it’s the young Razorback who figured out he could buy game tickets from students for $1 and sell them for $20, which included leaving the locker room to make arrangements for fans.
The most direct link is emerging as the surprise buyer of the proud but fading Dallas franchise for $140 million in 1989. That came a little more than 20 years after a failed bid for the San Diego Chargers, which he tried as a precocious 20-something with almost nothing but borrowed cash.
“These years have been so filled up with special times, even the rough ones, I thought that was my reward,” said Jones, who has been on the stage as a presenter three times: for receiver Michael Irvin, running back Emmitt Smith and offensive lineman Larry Allen.
“Even when we’ve had some serious disappointments there was always, when you looked at a full year, I’ve never really coveted or really thought about what I’m doing is about ultimately being recognized.”
And yet there the 74-year-old Jones will be in Canton, Ohio, on Saturday night, about 20 years after rankling the NFL over revenue issues so much that the league sued him. He sued back.
It’s just shy of 25 years since Jones startled the league with the firing of coach Jimmy Johnson after consecutive Super Bowl wins.
Yes, this was the same guy who dumped Tom Landry, the only coach the Cowboys had known in 29 years, when Jones bought the team and hired Johnson, who had no pro experience.
Jones turned on his former Arkansas teammate with the cryptic line for others to hear in early 1994 that the owner could find 500 coaches to lead those talent-laden Cowboys. The bitterness has slowly faded.
“I don’t think there’s a roller coaster big enough to say how that relationship has evolved,” Johnson told The Associated Press. “But I think Jerry and I have always liked one another. We’ve always had great respect for one another. There’s never been any question about our passion or our drive, both of us.