Jerry Jones likes Cowboys North American preseason tour
A long and winding journey begins for the Dallas Cowboys today, one they hope eventually leads back to Cowboys Stadium and Super Bowl XLV.
The Cowboys begin training camp in San Antonio today, the first of three cities they will practice in during a training camp that will take them 6,500 miles and to four stadiums. The Cowboys will train in San Antonio before going to Canton, Ohio, to take in the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremonies for Emmitt Smith and play in the Hall of Fame Game. Then, the Cowboys will return back to Dallas before then going to Oxnard, Calif., to continue training camp. They’ll have two home preseason games and also make trips to San Diego and Houston.
Will it all add up to become one giant distraction?
“Emmitt’s (Smith) Hall of Fame induction going up to Canton (Ohio), and it’ll be a nice break,” owner Jerry Jones said. “We have broke (camp) in years before that we won the Super Bowl and traveled a lot farther than that. One Super Bowl (season), we went to London; and then one Super Bowl (season) we went to Tokyo. So be it – that’s what the result is and you make those kinds of long trips and so much for that.
“But we do view it, apart from just miles traveled, we do view it as a break because we’ll be able to break (from San Antonio), go to Canton, come back to Dallas, guys will be able to sleep in their own beds for two or three days and then we’ll all head to Oxnard (California) and be a part of another tradition in Southern California with beautiful weather out there, especially in Oxnard. I think this is an ideal way to get our season started.”
In fact, once Smith was announced for the Hall of Fame this season, something everyone expected, the Cowboys began pushing for the extra preseason game to be played at Fawcett Stadium.
“The minute that Emmitt was selected into the Hall of Fame, that second we thought it and within the time we could get a hold of somebody we started lobbying to get the game (Hall of Fame game) up in Canton,” Jones said. “To make those kind of things have some synergy and we were well aware that we’d be celebrated our 50th birthday and we’re obviously aware that we’d be doing the Super Bowl. All of this, without complicating it, makes this a special year for the Dallas Cowboys. We can all say that none of them aren’t special if you don’t win it all. You can say that and I can listen to you say it, but we certainly have put the ingredients in the stew.”
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