Jerry Jones on death of Tom Vandergriff

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones had this to say about the death of former Arlington mayor Tom Vandegriff, released through a statement by the team:

This is a great loss for our community on several levels -- and a loss that touches many generations of North Texans. Tom Vandergriff was a natural and gifted civic leader, a wonderful man, and a dynamic visionary.

His impact on the sporting landscape of this region will be felt by all generations in the future. His love for Arlington and his and progressive way of thinking played as much of a role in this metropolitan area becoming a major league sports community than any other individual.

From a personal perspective, Tom was a confidant, a trusted advisor, and a friend. And long before the first shovel moved dirt in the place where Cowboys Stadium now stands, he was an inspiration for the Cowboys new home. Every major sports franchise in this area owes a debt of gratitude to Tom. He was a man who could get things done. He was a leader with a common touch -- someone who not only saw the big picture but knew how to color the canvas and shape the image.

Within the span of 11 months, the City of Arlington will have played host to the NBA All-Star Game, the World Series and the Super Bowl. There is no greater tribute to Tom Vandergriff.

I join Mayor Cluck and all of the citizens of Arlington in expressing our deepest sympathy to his family. We also express our sincere thanks for his contributions, his passion and his life.