The Pro Football Hall of Fame contributor committee will vote next week on which candidates will be placed on the ballot for induction next year.
Two names will be selected and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is among the favorites to be considered along with Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, former New York Giants owner George Young, former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue and former Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers and Washington Redskins general manager Bobby Beathard.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett has already cast an admittedly-biased, would-be vote for his owner, who, in addition to overseeing three Super Bowl titles in the 1990s, has helped grow the NFL in terms of television contracts and marketing since buying the Cowboys 27 years ago.
“For me, he’s a first ballot Hall of Famer,” Garrett said. “If you think about the impact he’s had on this league since 1989, it’s way above my pay grade but I know he’s had a huge impact in how we do TV contracts, how we market teams, I think he’s helped grow this league as much as any owner I know of. There’s no question the league is very different now than it was in 1989 and he’s been in the forefront of so many of these big changes, these big developments, this growth that we’ve had. I just think he’s done an amazing job.”