Tom Landry will forever be loved by Dallas Cowboys fans, but Landry didn't love the Dallas Cowboys by the time he died.
A book says that longtime Cowboys coach Landry was a fan of the rival New York Giants when he died in 2000, because he never got over Dallas owner Jerry Jones' handling of his firing or the way Jones treated him and his family afterward.
The book, titled “The Last Cowboy: A Life of Tom Landry,” by Mark Ribowsky, details why Landry wasn't a Cowboys fan after being fired in 1989, according to excerpts obtained by the New York Post. He was unhappy with how Jones, who had just bought the team, dismissed him after 29 seasons as Dallas' coach. He was the Cowboys' only coach until that moment.
The book says the Landry family was upset not just with Tom's firing, but that the team took away their suite at Texas Stadium and wouldn't let his son Tom Jr. buy season tickets anymore. The stories were told to the author by Tom Landry's widow Alicia.
Alicia said that she and Tom took to rooting for the Giants before Tom Landry died. Landry was the Giants' defensive coordinator before he became Dallas' head coach.
“The Giants are still like family,” Alicia Landry said in the book, according to the Post. “I still have dinner with Ann Mara [Wellington Mara’s widow] when she comes in. …The Giants never stopped being our family.”
The firing of Landry, who was wildly popular in Texas, will always be a part of Jones' legacy. There was no easy way to dismiss the legendary coach, but he has been criticized for his handling of it. It turns out that Jones probably made the right move, because under Jimmy Johnson the Cowboys built one of the best teams in NFL history in the mid-1990s.
The fact that Landry reportedly took to rooting for the Giants before his death because of Jones will just add to that part of the Cowboys owner's legacy.
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