FRISCO, Texas –Jerry Jones grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, which holds a special place in his life. But for many years, North Texas has been home, too.
On Friday, Jones – a proud member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2017 – honored his road to Canton by presenting his "Hometown Hall of Famer" plaque at The Star in Frisco.
Hometown Hall of Famer™ is a national program that honors Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees with special ceremonies and plaque dedication events in local communities.
The Star in Frisco is the 117th venue to be honored in the history of the program. Friday's ceremony, presented by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Ford Motor Company, marked the first time that an entire region was honored.
Jerry Jones Receives "Hometown Hall of Famer" plaque at The Star in Frisco.
The marching bands and cheerleaders of Independence High School and Centennial High School performed during the event. The two football teams squared off Friday evening inside Ford Center, representing the Frisco Independent School District.
"I think that The Star had everything to do with it," Jones said of his decision to present his plaque at the Cowboys' new world headquarters. "We've wanted so much that the youth, amateur sport, be represented here at The Star and the message of joining at the hip – the Cowboys, professional football, with amateur sport. Then when we realized that part of getting in the Hall of Fame is this hometown recognition, the idea (formed) that, let's recognize it here.
"Certainly Frisco represents, I think, literally hundreds of thousands of kids that have played in Texas and all over the country. So it just fit."
Since purchasing the Cowboys in 1989, Jones has expanded the franchise's global reach with three Super Bowl victories and has been an influential figure in growing the NFL brand.