Allen another notch on Jerry Jones’ Hall of Fame belt?

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Larry Allen joined Emmitt Smith, Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin and Deion Sanders as Hall of Famers who played for the Dallas Cowboys during Jerry Jones’ reign as owner.

Considering Jones’ impact on the NFL in terms of marketing, promotions and television contracts — as well as the three Super Bowl titles won by the Cowboys with him as owner/general manager — the question is whether he will one day end up in the Hall of Fame alongside his players.

Vice president Stephen Jones said it’s something he has certainly envisioned for his dad.

“Oh do I,” Stephen Jones said. “He should be, from my opinion, on what he has done for the game. Obviously I’m biased being his son.

“But what he has done for the NFL and the passion he has for the game, I just hope he gets that chance, and I’m sure he will, but you never take something like that for granted.”

Team tours the Hall

The Cowboys toured the Pro Football Hall of Fame after arriving in Ohio. Players spent about an hour walking the closed exhibit halls just as the induction ceremony was starting.

“To see all the busts and all the great players you grew up watching, to see that is inspirational,” Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee said. “…You look up to these players growing up and try to emulate them and how they were.”

Jason Witten and DeMarcus Ware are putting up Hall of Fame numbers. They were with the Cowboys in 2010 when the players visited the Hall of Fame the day before playing in the Hall of Fame Game. But they are closer to Canton now than they were then.

“That was awesome,” Witten said. “It was a great experience being in there with the busts and seeing all the great players. Just like any player, you always visualize the dream of maybe one day being there.”

Several players not expected to play in Sunday night’s game, including Tony Romo, Ware, Miles Austin, Witten, Lee, Dez Bryant and Doug Free, were escorted into the ceremony in between speeches. Most heard Larry Allen’s speech before being ushered out the back exit to return to the team hotel in Cleveland.

But Lee and Witten stayed to hear Bill Parcells’ speech. Assistant coaches Monte Kiffin and Rod Marinelli, who made their mark with Tampa Bay, waited to hear Warren Sapp’s speech before heading back to get ready for the Hall of Fame Game.

Allen’s 16-minute address won praise from the Cowboys.

“I played with him for three years,” Witten said. “He did an awesome job. I don’t think people realize how great Larry Allen really was. He came to work every day. He kept his mouth shut and did his job. I’m proud of him.”

Record returnees

The Golden Anniversary Reunion officially set a record with 122 Hall of Famers returning to Canton. Only 40 living members of the Hall, including Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana, weren’t on hand for the induction.

Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, Mel Renfro, Deion Sanders, Emmitt Smith, Roger Staubach and Rayfield Wright attended the induction, with only Cowboys Bob Lilly, Tony Dorsett and Randy White missing.

Charean Williams, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @NFLCharean

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