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Front Office

Stephen Jones
Chief Operating Officer / Executive Vice President / Director of Player Personnel

With 19 years of NFL experience, Stephen Jones has established himself as one of the brightest and most versatile young executives in professional sports. Recognized as Owner Jerry Jones's right-hand man, Stephen is currently the Cowboys Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President, and Director of Player Personnel as well as President of AT&T Stadium.

With 19 years of NFL experience, Stephen Jones has established himself as one of the brightest and most versatile young executives in professional sports. Recognized as Owner Jerry Jones's right-hand man, Stephen is currently the Cowboys Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President, and Director of Player Personnel as well as President of AT&T Stadium.

Jones is spearheading the club's new stadium efforts, overseeing the in-house development team while working directly with local government, community and business leaders. He was directly responsible for the club's successful referendum campaign in the fall of 2004 that saw the City of Arlington agree to join forces with the Cowboys in building a new state-of-the-art stadium that will open at the start of the 2009 season.

The new AT&T Stadium in Arlington will serve as the beacon that will help North Texas stake its claim as a major focal point on the sporting and entertainment landscapes of this country. The state-of-the-art home of the Cowboys will serve as a powerful catalyst to attract a wide range of national and international events that will vividly help define the future of the region for generations to come.

That process is already underway as the Cowboys and North Texas will play host to Super Bowl XLV in Arlington following the 2010 NFL season. The new stadium has also become the home to the AT&T Cotton Bowl as well as a long-term site for the future of the Arkansas-Texas A&M football game - a series that will resume on an annual basis in Arlington starting in 2009.

As his stadium management duties are currently centered on every aspect of the new stadium in Arlington, Jones' stewardship of Texas Stadium will draw to a close following the Cowboys 2009 season. His efforts with historic Texas Stadium will leave behind a legacy of facility management that maximized the use and visibility of the venue into a year-round destination for sporting, entertainment, community and corporate events on an unprecedented level. His vast experience in stadium management, design and development has landed him a standing appointment on the NFL's New Stadium Committee.

On a day-to-day basis, he oversees the operations of the Dallas Cowboys and the team's current and future stadium venues. His work involves managing the organization's 300 employees, including the coordination of the Cowboys entire Player Personnel Department, overseeing the salary cap and all major player contract concerns.

Jones played an integral role in the team's rise from a 1-15 record in 1989 to being the NFL's �Team of the Decade� with three Super Bowl titles in the 1990s. As he enters his 19th NFL season, Jones is a driving force behind the Cowboys resurgence as one of the elite level teams in the NFL. His recent work has seen the club restock its roster with some of the game's top young talent, and the recent results have produced winning records in three of the last four seasons and a pair of playoff appearances over that same span.

Jones was the key negotiator in the work that brought All-Pro wide receiver Terrell Owens to the Cowboys in March of 2006. He also took the lead in negotiating the contracts for other recent free agents such as offensive linemen Leonard Davis and Kyle Kosier and safety Ken Hamlin.

Over a one week span in the spring of 2005, Jones was instrumental in the distribution of $30 million in signing bonus money to quarterback Drew Bledsoe, defensive tackle Jason Ferguson, cornerback Anthony Henry and guard Marco Rivera. The signing of Ferguson, Henry and Rivera all took place in one day, March 3, the biggest signing day in club history.

The re-working of the Cowboys roster began in earnest in February, 2003 when, over a two-week span, Jones helped orchestrate the signing of tackle Flozell Adams to a long-term contract, the acquisition via trade and signing of wide receiver Terry Glenn from Green Bay and the unrestricted free agent signing of linebacker Al Singleton. Adams has since earned four Pro Bowl berths following the 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2007 seasons.

The last six draft classes (2002-2007) are proving to be the foundation for the future of the Cowboys with 13 current starters and nine All-Rookie Team members coming out of those selections. Those same drafts also produced seven Pro Bowl players who have collectively combined for 16 all-star game appearances in Roy Williams (2002 draft), Andre Gurode (2002), Terence Newman (2003), Jason Witten (2003), DeMarcus Ware (2005), Marion Barber (2005) and Nick Folk (2007).

In the ever evolving strategy that dictates a team's competitiveness in the current collective bargaining agreement, Jones's performance in managing the Cowboys salary cap has played a prominent role in the team's ability to compete at the NFL's highest level.

Jones's involvement in shaping the Dallas roster under the salary cap was critical in allowing the Cowboys to maintain one of the NFL's most talented core groups of players throughout the decade of the 1990s. His creativity and care taking of the Cowboys cap played a key role in the team's six division titles and four conference championship game appearances.

During a historic two-year period of time, Jones was involved in signing five Cowboys stars that were considered the best players in the game at their respective positions. Between September of 1993 and September of 1995, Jones helped orchestrate contract agreements with running back Emmitt Smith, quarterback Troy Aikman, fullback Daryl Johnston, wide receiver Michael Irvin and cornerback Deion Sanders.

Jones has enjoyed a life-long association with the game of football. A four-year letterman as a linebacker and special teams standout at the University of Arkansas, Jones was a starter for the Razorbacks in the Orange Bowl Classic Game that followed the 1986 season. Prior to attending the University of Arkansas, Jones was an all-state quarterback and a three-year starter at Catholic High School in Little Rock, AR.

He graduated from Arkansas in 1988 with a degree in chemical engineering, and immediately went to work in the oil and gas business for JMC Exploration as an engineer.

On Feb. 25, 1989, Jerry Jones purchased the Dallas Cowboys and installed Stephen into a key front office position as one of three vice presidents with the club.

Jones is a member and past president of the Dallas Chapter of the Young Presidents' Organization. He serves on the board of directors for the SMU Athletic Forum, Cotton Bowl Athletic Association, Episcopal School of Dallas and Circle Ten Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Jones is also a member of the Dallas Citizens Council.

Jones (6/21/64) was born and reared in Little Rock. He is married to the former Karen Hickman of El Dorado, Ark., and the couple has three daughters and a son: Jessica (8/24/92), Jordan (10/8/93), Caroline (4/4/97) and John Stephen (4/19/99).