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Cowboys Midsummer Madness, Second Round: Lee Roy Jordan vs. Jerry Jones

Round two of our Midsummer Madness tournament is underway! Today’s match-up features four seed Lee Roy Jordan facing off against five seed Jerry Jones. Who will advance to the Sweet Sixteen?

Our midweek battle features a study in contrasts: fourth-seeded Lee Roy Jordan, the throwback middle linebacker from the great "Doomsday" defense, and fifth-seeded Jerry Jones, a forward-looking visionary who helped transform the NFL from an Old Boys network to the modern corporate monolith it is today. One wore a dirt-stained jersey; the other wears suits that are worth more than your car. Who will win the opportunity to face Bob Lilly in the next round? Read the bios and comments and then hit the poll, BTBers!

Wanna keep tabs on the state of the bracket or look ahead to future contests? All the Midsummer Madness info you could ever want can be found right here.


Player: Lee Roy Jordan

Position: middle linebacker

Seed: 4

How he got here: defeated Flozell Adams, 681-123


Name Years Career AV Pro Bowls All-Pro RoH HoF
Lee Roy Jordan 1963-76

Bio: Jordan was drafted by the Cowboys in the first round of the 1963 Draft and was quickly named the team's weakside linebacker, becoming the first rookie linebacker to start a season-opener in team history. The following season, he moved to the middle 'backer spot, teaming up with Chuck Howley and Dave Edwards to form arguably the finest linebacking corps of that era. He served as team captain for the rest of his career.

At 6'1" and 215 pounds, Jordan was never physically dominant interior thumper; however, his competitiveness and indomitable will more than made up for his lack of size. He prepared meticulously, watching hours of game film (he had a projector at his house that was always on, and ran Tom Landry's "Flex" defense on the field with complete control. Jordan was equally devastating against the run and pass, and was always around the ball; he remains tied for second in club history with 16 career fumble recoveries and intercepted 32 passes over the course of his career.

Jordan accumulated many honors over the course of his storied career. He was a two-time All-Pro (once as second-team) and a five-time Pro Bowler who helped the Cowboys to three Super Bowls and five NFC Championship games. Jordan was the 1973 NFC Defensive Player of the Year, and retired as the franchise's all-time leader in solo tackles - and remains second all-time, trailing only Darren Woodson. Perhaps more impressive is Jordan's still-standing record for consecutive starts by a middle linebacker, with 154. In 1985, he was selected to Cowboys Silver Season All-Time Team; in 1989, he became the seventh inductee to the Ring of Honor.

Member comments:

Member Comment

I encourage anyone who gets the chance to catch any replay of an old game with him playing.

What stood out to me was a replay of the Hail Mary game against the VIkings in 1975. Jordan played middle linebacker and was listed at 210 lbs; on television he looked like he might have topped 200…might have. While everyone back then looks small compared to players today I was amazed that such a slight player could also been such an effective player. Takes a tremendous amount of athleticism, commitment and smarts to be a successful NFL linebacker at that size.


Lee Roy Jordan

On Sept. 26, 1971, he had a team-record 21 tackles against Philadelphia Eagles.

On November 4, 1973, he intercepted three passes in the first quarter from the Cincinnati Bengals’ Ken Anderson within the span of five minutes, returning one 31 yards for a touchdown.

He ran Landry’s "Flex" defense on the field with unmatched intensity and efficiency. He watched game film endlessly; his contract included a projector for his home.


Bear Bryant said Lee Roy Jordan was the best player he ever coached.


Player: Jerry Jones

Position: owner, general manager

Seed: 5

How he got here: defeated Bob Breunig, 483-225


Name Years Career AV Pro Bowls All-Pro RoH HoF
Jerral Wayne Jones

Bio: Jones purchased the Cowboys in February, 1989 for a cool $140 million. He inherited a mess, and it soon got messier, as he fired Tom Landy and Tex Schramm and hired Jimmy Johnson. With Johnson, he retooled the entire organization, and the Cowboys enjoyed a meteoric rise, going from 1-15 in their first year to winning Super Bowls in 1993, '93, and '95  - becoming the first team in NFL history to win three Super Bowls in four seasons. In his first ten seasons owning the club, the Cowboys made eight playoff appearances, won six division titles, went to four conference championship games and were named the NFL's Team of the 1990s.

Over his tenure as owner, Jones has become very influential in league circles. He serves or has served on a wide range of league committees, including the Management Council Executive Committee (the entity that represented the owners in the most recent Collective Bargaining Agreement), the Competition Committee, the Business Ventures Committee, the NFL Network Committee (which he chairs), the NFL Broadcasting Committee, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Committee and the NFL Player Dire-Need Committee.

As this list suggests, Jones has profoundly impacted the NFL landscape in terms of sports marketing, merchandising and promotion. If you watch highlights from the 70s and 80s that show the crowd, nobody in the stands is wearing jerseys or even team colors; now, every fan is sporting team colors or their favorite player's jersey. In 1989, many NFL owners were old-school football men who knew little about modern marketing techniques. You can thank Jerry for that; he was the first of a new wave of progressive owners who catapulted the league forward, helping it to become a savvy corporate entity.

As the team's General Manager, Jerry has received a great deal of criticism, much of it warranted. But much of what he has overseen has been successful. Since 1993, when Jimmy Johnson left, the Cowboys have drafted 22 Pro Bowlers and one Hall of Fame player. More recently, he has presided over the formation of an excellent upper management team, led by son Stephen, senior director of college and pro scouting Will McClay and head coach Jason Garrett. With this group as Jones's information filter, the Cowboys have become one of the league's model franchises.

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Had to vote for Jerry

He saved the team from bankruptcy. He brought in the staff and players that won us 3 of our superbowls. He is one of the greatest owners in the league and gives his all to try to get us what we all want, which is more championships. It’s not an easy thing to do, so the fact that he’s failed more often than he’s succeeded is just par for the course, and nothing for me to talk bad about. He’ll be in the HOF and probably ROH before it’s all said and done, and deservedly so.

Trent Schoneweis

as someone born into cowboys fandom in 1986,

i’ve lived my whole life basking in the glory of jerry’s cowboys. I might not vote against him for the duration of this contest. just sayin.

starmesh23 You mean the NFL executive of the year?

Alright, BTBers, which man advances to the sweet sixteen?

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