SEATTLE, Washington - Jerry Jones is not oblivious, and he hears what you say and what is written about him. He almost never responds to his critics, other than with a smile and a handshake.
His ability to handle his critics is both remarkable and inspiring. And, again, it's not as if he is not listening or reading or watching. He just never reacts to any of it. Most members of the media who have spent time with Jerry are in awe of his ability to take it.
On Sunday, I finally asked him how he does it.
"As you well know I'm where I want to be. I want to be involved in this with the way I am; I deal with criticism," he said. "It is worth putting the energy towards accomplishing something. It doesn't do you a bit of good - it doesn't do a bit of good to call the station, or write to you or anyone. OK? And besides, I understand where the criticisms are coming from. I can see that sometimes, too. It makes you want you want to things so we can have this kind of conversation."
Jerry has always been of the mind that any publicity is good publicity. For him, publicity is relevance and relevance is currency in today's age.
There is also something else.
"The thing we all know to do in an adverse situation is look for someone who has more. I don't have to look a foot. I don't have to look a foot, do you follow?" he said. "I'm almost afraid to look irritated or unjustly beat on because lightning would strike me. It's been too good.
"What I ought to do is get in there and do better. And you need to know this, and this is not the purpose of this, but I can't tell you how much I have enjoyed the last 10 or 20 years. Really, even I wouldn't trade it to be any other place. I could be anywhere, and I want to be right here."
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