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Jerry Jones: I ‘scream in my pillow’ being at Super Bowl, not in it

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It’s been 20 years since Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys were actually in a Super Bowl. But the team’s owner/general manager was in attendance for last weekend’s festivities surrounding Super Bowl 50 and he candidly revealed just how much it tears him up to be at the NFL’s final game of the season but not in it.

“I hate it. I scream in my pillow when I go home at night when we’re here,” Jones said from the red carpet at the NFL Honors awards ceremony on Saturday night, via The Dallas Morning News. “I want [the Dallas Cowboys] to be here so bad, but it’s filling my bucket up so we can go.”

Jones’ comments echo what he had to say from the Senior Bowl a few weeks ago when he admitted he was “surprised” it’s been two decades since the Cowboys appeared in a Super Bowl. Although what he had to say on Saturday wasn’t nearly as colorful as how he bluntly characterized the team’s disappointing 2015 season.

But Jones did admit that being at the NFL’s annual championship showcase and among all the pomp and circumstance certainly has its motivating elements.

“It’s inspirational,” he said. “It makes you want to just empty your bucket to get in here and have this kind of experience. We feel that way. It’s deliberate.”

Jones also added that he believes Tony Romo will not only come back healthy and ready for the 2016 NFL season and beyond, the veteran quarterback is poised to “have some of the greatest years, if not the best years, of his career.”

While Jones’ prediction about Romo may in fact come to fruition, it nevertheless may be wise to start preparing for a future without the soon-to-be 36-year-old signal-caller, regardless of the bombastic Cowboys owner’s protestations.