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Jerry Jones still wistful about not taking Johnny Football

08/28/2014 11:41 PM

08/28/2014 11:43 PM

Even with Johnny Manziel playing for the Cleveland Browns now, Jerry Jones remains wistful about not taking the former Texas A&M quarterback. A lengthy feature story on Jones, published Thursday, mentions Jones would have preferred Manziel with the 16th overall pick and that he gets “madder every day” at his son, Stephen Jones, for talking him out of it.

“Well, that was a little tongue-in-cheek with it, but I’m still mad at him,” Jones said after the Cowboys’ preseason finale. “I think I’m proud of that decision [to draft Zack Martin] right now, and I’m proud I was a good listener.”

In ESPN The Magazine, Jones said Manziel would “guarantee our relevance for 10 years.” The owner was asked Thursday if winning wouldn’t do more for the team’s relevancy considering they are .500 since 1997.

“The reason you take Manziel is to win,” Jones said. “We’ve talked a lot about the cache. We’ve talked a lot about the visibility. But I don’t think anybody has to back into the fact that this guy is a winner. He’s a proven winner against high competition. And so I wouldn’t distinguish any conversation I’m having about taking him or not taking him with the idea that if we have him, he’ll help us win.”


Charean Williams has covered the NFL for 21 seasons. She's a Hall of Fame voter, a past president of the Pro Football Writers of America and a proud Aggie. Follow her on Twitter at @NFLCharean


Clarence E. Hill Jr. has been the Dallas Cowboys beat writer since 1997. He's battle tested with one playoff win, six coaches, countless scandals, controversies and unfullfilled expectations. Follow him on Twitter at @clarencehilljr


Drew Davison joined the Star-Telegram as a correspondent in 2007, primarily covering high schools along with helping out with Rangers, Cowboys and colleges coverage. He became one of the Rangers beat writers in July 2011, and also assists with coverage of Texas Motor Speedway and the Cowboys during the offseason. Davison graduated from the University of Kansas and had internships at The Kansas City Star and Follow him on Twitter at @drewdavison


Jimmy Burch is the college sports and golf writer/columnist for the Star-Telegram. He also covers the Dallas Cowboys and other Dallas-Fort Worth pro sports. Follow him on Twitter at @Jimmy_Burch


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