Stephen Jones had a big October in regards to his Phi Delta Theta membership. On October 19, Brother Jones had the distinct pleasure of attending the initiation of the newest Arkansas Alpha Phikeia class, which included his son, John, who is following in Stephen’s footsteps as a Razorback football team member. On the following Thursday, Stephen returned to Dallas and was inducted into the Phi Delta Theta Sports Hall of Fame at a Phi Delta Theta Foundation event.
At the event, Brother Jones expressed his appreciation for the continued friendship of his Arkansas Alpha brothers and advised this generation of students, “It all starts with relationships, and if there was one thing I missed most, I would have gotten to know every one [of my brothers] even better.”
Stephen Jones with his son John at his initiation ceremony
Stephen graduated from the University of Arkansas with a chemical engineering degree in 1988. While in Fayetteville, he joined the Arkansas Alpha Chapter of Phi Delta Theta. Brother Jones was a four-year letterman for the Razorback football team as a linebacker and special teams stand-out and started in the 1987 Orange Bowl.
After graduating from the University of Arkansas, Brother Jones used his degree to start a career in the oil and gas industry. A year later, his father, Jerry Jones, purchased the Dallas Cowboys Football Club and placed Stephen in a key role in the front office.
With over 30 years in the industry, Brother Jones has proven that he is one of the most intelligent and versatile executives in the National Football League. He had an integral role in taking a 1-15 Cowboys team to what football fans now call the “Team of the Decade” winning three Super Bowl Championships in the 1990s.
Brother Jones was the driving force behind contract agreements in the 90s with Dallas Cowboy legends, Emmit Smith, Troy Aikman, Daryl Johnston, Michael Irvin, and Deion Sanders. Stephen was the lead on all phases of the construction of AT&T Stadium. Opening in 2010, this stadium became the beacon of all professional sports facilities.
With just over nine years of operations, more than 11 million spectators have attended events ranging from high school and college football, professional bull riding, NCAA basketball, and countless concerts. Sundays in Arlington would not be the same without the dedication and drive of Brother Stephen Jones.
Today, Brother Jones is the chief operating officer, executive vice president, and director of player personnel for the Dallas Cowboys. It is with great honor that Phi Delta Theta inducts a man who has helped transform the National Football League in many ways.
Congratulations to Brother Stephen Jones on his amazing career and for his induction into the Phi Delta Theta Sports Hall of Fame.
Also in October, Chief Operating Officer and incoming Executive Vice President Sean Wagner presented members from the Arkansas Alpha Chapter a plaque commemorating Arkansas Alpha alumnus Stephen Jones for his recent admittance into the Phi Delta Theta Sports Hall of Fame. After presenting the plaque, Brother Wagner shared dinner with the Chapter Advisory Board members and the chapter’s executive leaders.
Students pictured are Chris Stuckey, ’22, Aaron Moore, ’21, and Joseph Huett, ’22.