JERRY JONES FACTS
10/13 is Jerry Jones’ birthday. Like his predecessors, Clint Murchison, Jr. and H.R. “Bum” Bright, his birthday occurs during football season. The Dallas Cowboys are 3-1 on Jerry Jones’ birthday with that lone loss being to the Redskins in 1997. Here is how Jerry compares to other owners:
Clint Murchison: 1-1 (6-16 loss to the Cardinals; 27-7 win over the Eagles, both at home)
Bum Bright: 1-0 (30-29 victory at the Giants in 1985)
Jerry Jones is also one of 10 owners in the league who can have a game fall on their birthday. He’s 3-1 on his birthday with that lone loss being to the Redskins. Here’s how other owners with games on their birthdays have fared:
Virginia Halas McCaskey (Bears): 1-0
Bud Adams (Oilers/Titans): 3-1
Ralph Wilson (Bills): 2-2
Dan Snyder (Redskins): 1-1
Alex Spanos (Chargers): 1-2
Arthur Blank (Falcons): 0-1
Jeff Lurie (Eagles): 0-2
John Mara (Giants): 0-3
Among the owners, John Mara, Jeff Lurie, and Jerry Jones’ birth dates all occur within the same season. In other words, if either one of those three has a game on their birthday, then so will the other, unless that game is switched to a Monday or Thursday night, which is what happened this season with Jeff Lurie’s birthday. His Eagles opened on Monday night, thus skipping his birthday.
All of the owners in the NFC East can have games fall on their birthdays.
With Seahawks owner Paul Allen’s birthday being on January 21st, the only way his team will ever play on his birthday is if they make the 2017 NFC Championship game on 1/21/18.
Troy Aikman has the best performance on Jerry Jones’ birthday with 17/31 for 193 yards and 1 TD for an 84.5 rating (at Washington, 1997).
Quincy Carter holds the longest pass play from scrimmage on Jerry Jones’ birthday of 80 yards (Carolina, 2002).
Emmitt Smith’s 21 carries for 112 yards and 2 TD’s is the best rushing performance on Jerry Jones’ birthday (Cardinals, 1996).
Runningback Ricky Blake’s 30-yard touchdown run is the longest rushing play from scrimmage on Jerry Jones’ birthday (Bengals, 1991).
Michael Irvin’s 6 catches for 148 yards is the best receiving performance on Jerry Jones’ birthday (Bengals, 1991).
Joey Galloway’s 80-yard touchdown reception is the longest scoring play and reception on Jerry Jones’ birthday (Carolina, 2002).
Tony Tolbert has the most sacks on Jerry Jones’ birthday with 2 (Cardinals, 1996).
A fumble recovery for a touchdown (Dexter Coakley, 1997) and an interception return for a touchdown (Dixon Edwards, 1991) have both been scored on Jerry Jones’ birthday.
No Dallas Cowboys kicker has ever missed on Jerry Jones’ birthday, but Carolina kicker Shayne Graham missed a 44-yard field goal in 2002.
Chris Boniol and Richie Cunningham each share the lead for most field goals attempted and made on Jerry Jones’ birthday: one.
Quincy Carter is the only Cowboys quarterback to complete a fourth quarter comeback on his owner’s birthday.
Sunday’s game will be the first game on Jerry Jones’ birthday that does feature Emmitt Smith.
Barry Switzer coached in the most games on Jerry Jones’ birthday with 2. He compiled a 1-1 record.
Former Cowboys offensive tackle Ralph Neely (Clint Murchison) and ex-quarterback Quincy Carter (Jerry Jones) are the only players in franchise history to share their respective owners’ birthdays and have played a game on those dates.
The Dallas Cowboys have only ever worn their blue jerseys once on Jerry Jones’ birthday (at Washington, 1997).
Here’s a sample of historical events that happened on Jerry Jones’ birthday:
54, A.D. – Roman Emperor Claudius is dubiously poisoned to death and his 17 year old stepson Nero ascends to the Roman throne.
1792 – The cornerstone for the White House in Washington, D.C. is laid.
1845 – Voters in the Republic of Texas approve a constitution that will make them a U.S. state.
1967 – The Oakland Oaks defeat the Anaheim Amigos 134-129 in the first game of the American Basketball Association.
1974 – Television icon Ed Sullivan passes away at age 73.
1983 – Ameritech Mobile Communications (now AT&T, Inc.) launches first US cellular network in Chicago.
Notable people who share Jerry Jones birthday include comedian Lenny Bruce (1925), former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (1925), singer Marie Osmond (1959), basketball player and coach Doc Rivers (1961), wide receiver Jerry Rice (1962), figure skater Nancy Kerrigan (1969), safety Brian Dawkins (1973), and basketball player Paul Pierce (1977).
The Dallas Cowboys have two other birthdays to celebrate on 10/13:
Charley Young, RB, 1974-1976 – 10/13/52
Quincy Carter, QB, 2001-2003 – 10/13/77