OXNARD, Calif. -- This is Jerry Jones’ 25th training camp as owner and general manager of the Dallas Cowboys. For some, his tenure might seem like forever, especially with the lack of Super Bowl success since the 1995 season, but for Jones, it does not seem like it has been that long.
His first training camp in 1989 came at Cal Lutheran in Thousand Oaks, Calif., a ride down the 101 from where the team calls its summer home now, Oxnard.
At his first camp, “I had gotten there a couple of days a little behind the team and I walked out and smelled that grass and I thought, ‘This is the way it used to smell when I played at Arkansas,’ and that feeling out there and the smell of the equipment and everything that was involved and the aura and the anticipation, that hasn’t changed at all,” Jones said.
Now 71, Jones changed his mind and said the feeling of the opening of camp has enhanced in his mind.
“It’s like being on pins and needles waiting on this day to get here, to get to our camp going, to get our season going, see how we can take what we got and make it compete,” Jones said.