Book Claims Jerry Jones Was Physically Stopped By Son from Drafting Johnny Manziel
Ask any Dallas Cowboys fan, and almost all of them will tell you the most hated man in the Cowboys organization is owner Jerry Jones.
Known for strange decisions, overstepping his role as owner and always seeking media attention, Jones has become a pariah among Cowboys fans for nearly the last 20 years after the team last won a Super Bowl in 1996.
The latest chapter in the saga of Jerry Jones surfaced today, when a new book about Johnny Manziel — ‘Manziel Mania’ by Jim Dent — claims Jerry Jones was physically kept from drafting the former Texas A&M Heisman Trophy winner and Tyler, Texas native.
From The Dallas Morning News:
“I could just see Jones grabbing Manziel with the 16th choice of the first round,” Dent writes. “I wrote a book about Jerry Jones in 1995 titled ‘King of the Cowboys.’ I know the Boss Hog. I knew that Jones’ hands were shaking when the Cowboys went on the clock with Manziel still on the board. I could envision Jones scribbling the name of Johnny Manziel on the draft card. Indeed, all of these things happened.
“As it turned out, Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones had snatched the Manziel card straight out of his dad’s hand. Otherwise, Jerry would have drafted him and JFF would have sat for at least three years behind Tony Romo.”
Jones did tell the NFL Network he was “that close” to drafting Manziel, and apparently he had already made his decision until his son stopped him. Somewhat honest, but not completely.
Honestly, most NFL fans wouldn’t have been too surprised had Jones drafted Manziel. The Cowboys are the league’s most valuable organization and play in the biggest domed stadium in the world. Manziel is currently the most polarizing figure in the NFL, an adjective you can always use to describe Jones.
But would it have been the right decision? We’ll never know, but that doesn’t mean you can’t tell us what you think.