Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones might be Jay-Z’s biggest fan and not just because, perhaps, he really loves the song “Big Pimpin’.” No, these days the 72-year-old is the rapper’s biggest fan because of the role Roc Nation  played in helping close the Dez Bryant deal.

In case you missed it, Bryant, who is managed by Jay-Z’s Roc Nation agency, signed a five-year, $70 million deal on Wednesday, after which Jones said in a conference call that it likely wouldn’t have happened without the hard work of the rapper and others at Roc Nation who helped develop the deal’s parameters. Most importantly, Jones said, Roc Nation convinced the Cowboys not to include any rules that would govern Bryant’s off-the-field activities, but to let Roc Nation decide what was best for the player.

“They sold me on their commitment to have an associate in Dez that makes them proud, that makes Dez proud to be associated with them, and that makes Roc Nation proud,” Jones said (via the Dallas Morning News). “I see that. I see they have a lot to gain and a lot to lose by giving good advice and by helping not only athletes but having entertainers reach their goals and, if you will, keep the money they earn. They’re good at it. They have the perfect textbook. It’s called their book. So they’re good at it. They’re genuine at it and I’m very, very impressed.”

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He then turned his attention to Jay-Z, specifically: “That’s where Jay-Z is such an example. The main thing is that people listen to him. Dez listens to him. Dez will listen to him. Why? We all should listen to him, he’s had tremendous success apart from being a great talent.”

Jones continued his quest to become Jay-Z’s No. 1 fan on Thursday when he was a guest on the Shan and RJ show on KRLD-FM. He reiterated much of what he said on Wednesday but with a bit more creativity.

He said, no, the Cowboys are not “mixing chickens and eagles” by letting Roc Nation manage Bryant’s off-the-field career without the team’s guidance, they’re trusting Jay-Z.

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“Jay-Z certainly is a great example there,” Jones repeated. “He’s obviously very astute and not just talented and … He’s outstanding. I’ve had chance to spend some personal time with him and I am convinced that this is what he’s got at stake … to step out of bounds with Dez it’s a step out of bounds with Roc Nation and Jay-Z. He doesn’t want that to happen.”

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It should be noted that contrary to how Jones makes it sound, Jay-Z is not personally handling the career of Bryant. In fact, when Shan and RJ pressed Jones, the Cowboys owner admitted Jay-Z wasn’t even personally involved in the negotiations.

“He was involved in the ‘painting’ of the picture about off the field decisions,” though, Jones insisted without elaborating on exactly how.

In fairness, Jay-Z has had 99 problems to deal with so maybe that’s why he didn’t personally attend the sit-down. Don’t worry, Mr. Jones, you’ll get your autograph soon.

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