Thursday, October 24, 2013
Jerry Jones happy London is calling
By Todd Archer
IRVING, Texas -- Jerry Jones said he would never give up a home game at AT&T Stadium to play a regular-season game overseas, but the Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager is glad America's Team will be heading to London in 2014.
The Cowboys will play against the Jacksonville Jaguars next season at Wembley Stadium in one of three regular-season games for NFL teams in England.
"We know first-hand we have a lot of Cowboys fans there and we had a great time it seems like yesterday," said Jones, whose team last played there in the preseason in 1993, "It's unbelievable it's been 20 years ago. I'm excited about that. It will be a lot different because it's in the regular season and we're trying to get a feel for how it is to play over there, how it is to play a regular-season game, how it is relative to the fan base. It should be a real positive for our fans."
The players were excited as well, but linebacker Bruce Carter had no idea.
"I've never been," Carter said. "That'll be a good experience."
The logistics of the trip still need to be hashed out. Jones was not sure when the Cowboys would travel to London before game. Some of it would depend on where they play the previous week. It would make more sense to play an East Coast game and leave directly for London after the game than to return to Dallas.
"We're very routine oriented as football players and any time you think about that initially you don't ever want to go too far, I guess you could say, but the experience of that and how that league is evolving is just part of what's going to happen," quarterback Tony Romo said. "I just think it'll be a great experience for everyone involved."