Apparently, 1989 Jerry Jones would have drafted Johnny Manziel. It's a decision 2014 Jerry Jones almost made, but didn't.
The Cowboys' owner and general manager appeared on the NFL Network Sunday, and the outlet's main anchor asked him what was going through his mind when they were picking and Manziel was still available.
Jones responded by reiterating how strongly he and the Cowboys think of their current quarterback Tony Romo. Then he said this:
"I thought, 'Jerry, make the same kind of decision you made when you bought the Dallas Cowboys. Nobody thought it would work. They were busted, the Cowboys were busted, broke. Nobody thought it would work. Make more of an unconventional decision here and basically take the risk.' And I want you to know that I almost — as I was handing in the card — it was that close to putting that Manziel card in. It was that close.
"I looked over at my son (Stephen) and said, 'I took the right pick.' If I'd made this kind of pick when I bought the Cowboys, I would have never bought the team. That's not how you get there."
By choosing offensive lineman Zack Martin with the 16th pick in the first round — and not Manziel — Jones was widely credited for making a smart football decision. While that may be true, he did go against the team's draft board.
"Talk about 'Follow your board?' I'm criticized: 'Jerry doesn't listen to his scouts'; 'He doesn't listen to his coaches,'" Jones said. "[Manziel] was the top player, by three players, on our board at the time that we were sitting there looking at him," the Cowboys owner continued.
Jones said he knows Manziel personally, and is confident the young quarterback will be a success in the NFL.
"It was a hard decision, and it's one I'll probably, for the rest of my career, think about," said Jones.
Just think of what the scene in Oxnard would look like if Manziel were wearing a Cowboys uniform.