Jerry Jones and his shins sound excited about this year’s virtual NFL Draft. The Cowboys’ owner/GM won’t have to fight off other members of the organization, like his son and director of player personnel Stephen, when it comes time to make a selection since he will be alone at home.
“One of the things I’m not going to miss is when I came out of those draft rooms over the weekend, my old shins used to have big old bruises on them,” Jones joked with Cowboys reporters. “That was from Stephen kicking me under the table for three straight days relative to some of our decision-making. I know that we have a serious conference here, but I think I’m going to kind of miss that physical punching that goes on.
“I told him one time, I asked him where he got his strength when he was 16 years old, he had his uncle down, about to kill him, choked him. He was a big boy, that uncle. And I said, ‘I don’t feel that when I’m rasslin’ with you.’ He said, ‘Well, you don’t squeeze your daddy as hard as you can.’ The point is, I’m going to miss a little of that punching around at the table as we’re conducting this draft.”
Perhaps it wasn’t a bad thing, though. His son infamously convinced him to draft perennial Pro Bowl guard Zack Martin in 2014 over quarterback Johnny Manziel. This year, he may not have such forceful guidance.