(CBS) A disappointed Jerry Jones says even his friend, the late George Steinbrenner, would fire him for the poor performance of a Dallas football team that many predicted would go to the Super Bowl.
The Cowboys owner-general manager speaks to correspondent Scott Pelley for a profile to be broadcast on “60 Minutes,” Sunday night at 6 p.m. on CBS 11.
By the last day of October, the Cowboys’ chances of going to the Super Bowl were all but dead.
“Before this year started, we were recognized as probably or certainly one of two that were favored to win the Super Bowl,” Jones tells Pelley. “What you’re seeing now is agony. I am not willing to accept what we’re doing and how we’re playing.”
Told by Pelley that his friend Steinbrenner, the New York Yankees owner who died recently, “might have fired you by now,” Jones replies, “Of course he would have. There’s no doubt in my mind he would have.”
Pelley follows Jones on a day of a loss that makes a press conference feel like a police interrogation. “Well, I think it’s time to sweat. Scott, football, one of the reasons I think it has influenced me, is that only about three to five percent of it feels good. Most of the time it doesn’t feel good,” says Jones.
Nonetheless, the Dallas Cowboys are Jones’ passion and that’s why he bought them 22 years ago after making a fortune in the oil business. “The Cowboys were my devil and I just couldn’t resist it,” he says. “I wanted to be part of the NFL and I wanted to be part of the future with the Cowboys.”
Right now, the only future for the Cowboys he’s interested in, says Jones, is winning another Super Bowl, bringing the number of World championships on his watch to four. He’ll just have to wait until next year for the chance.
The full interview will be seen Sunday night at 6 p.m., The Cowboys play Sunday night against the Philadelphia Eagles.