New HOFamer Jerry Jones introduced, roundly booed. Wouldn't have thought there were that many Houstonians in attendance today.— Dale Robertson (@sportywineguy) February 5, 2017
Jerry Jones gets booed when announced as a Hall of Famer by the Super Bowl crowd. Houston still hates Dallas— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) February 5, 2017
That the game was in Houston probably did not mean that the crowd there was heavily drawn from that city, which has a long-standing intrastate rivalry with Dallas. Thousands of Patriots and Falcons fans were in attendance, of course, as well as numerous others from all over the country.
But Jones has made himself arguably the NFL’s least-liked figure this side of Commissioner Roger Goodell. His appetite for publicity, while being heavily involved in running an organization that has long trumpeted itself as “Americas’s Team,” has had a predictably polarizing result.
At least one other person at the stadium Sunday could relate, as Tom Brady was heavily booed during last year’s Super Bowl, held at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. During the game between the Broncos and Panthers, in the midst of the Deflategate saga, the New England quarterback was introduced during a pregame ceremony and heard it from the crowd.
To his credit, though, Jones appeared to take his own boos well, offering a wave and a wry smile. He may have been already thinking ahead to the bust he will be getting this summer in Canton, Ohio.
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