FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is being officially inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame during a ceremony Saturday night in Canton, Ohio.
The honor is a nod to what he’s accomplished in his 28 years as owner, president and general manager in Dallas. It also comes as a result of his role in helping make the NFL an exceedingly successful brand.
What Jones isn’t being inducted for is his contributions to Arkansas’ football program. But the significance of what he’s done for the Razorbacks isn’t lost on anyone currently in Fayetteville.
A captain on the Hogs’ 1964 national title team, Jones has been Arkansas’ most recognizable booster for many years. His greatest contribution being the $10.65 million he donated to help fund the Jerry and Gene Jones Family Student-Athlete Success Center.
The facility opened in September of 2015 and features a nutrition center, tutoring rooms and computer labs. The center is a tremendous asset to current Arkansas athletes. It’s also regularly described as one of the most impressive aspects of the campus when visited by football recruits and their families.
“When they built the Jones Center, it’s been a game changer,” Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said Saturday. “Not only has he changed the perspective of the Dallas Cowboys, but he’s been a game changer in our program.”
The 2017 Razorbacks expected to be in meetings Saturday night during Jones’ induction ceremony. Bielema said he would record it and show it to the entire team in the near future.
“It’ll be a special night,” Bielema said. “I’m sure the Razorbacks will get mentioned. I know there’s quite a few of them down there to celebrate with him. He’s truly one of the greatest of all time in the world of football. Not just in college or the NFL, but the world of football in general and obviously here in the State of Arkansas.”