FRISCO, Texas– Jerry Jones' Hall of Fame week is here.
The Cowboys' owner/general manager will be formally enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night, two nights after the team plays the annual Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. Current and former Cowboys players throughout Jones' 29 seasons of ownership have offered their congratulations since Jones was elected to the seven-man 2017 Class in February.
One current star who's grateful for having Jones in his life over the last seven years: Dez Bryant.
"Jerry is everything. I'll tell you this, and I feel like the rest is self-explanatory: when people counted me out, he counted me in. And that alone showed me how much love he has for me."
Bryant slipped to 24th in the 2010 NFL Draft largely over eligibility issues his final year at Oklahoma State. He has since made three Pro Bowls. And earlier this offseason, he spoke at length about he's matured and focused on becoming a team leader by example.
One of Jones' greatest traits, those close to him say, is his positive nature and his belief in others. His support of Bryant certainly helped the receiver's growth on and off the field.
"He gave me an opportunity to show who I am," Bryant said, "and I'll forever respect him for that. He deserves to be in the Hall of Fame."