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Jerry Jones pulling for Johnny Manziel to get his life straightened out

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Jerry Jones has been carrying a torch for Johnny Manziel at least as far back as when he was talked out of drafting the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback out of Texas A&M during the 2014 NFL Draft. And despite all indications suggesting that the Dallas Cowboys owner has moved on from coveting the troubled quarterback in any practical sense, it doesn’t mean Jones still doesn’t have a soft spot for Manziel.

Amid the myriad off-the-field issues plaguing Manziel — not to mention his apparent refusal to slow the downward spiral — Jones said this week — as he has on one previous occasion — that he hopes the 23-year-old can figure out a way to get his life back on track.

“I don’t have any sense of how I feel right now other than I just really like him and know him and like him,” Jones said, via ESPN.com’s Todd Archer. “I really appreciate all the positive things he’s done while at A&M, what he did as a Heisman Trophy winner and what he is about [in] football. We have that in common.

“Consequently it really makes me dwell on him getting things in better shape for him so he can do not just football but anything. That’s because I have an appreciation for what he did do. You can’t take that away from him. He really did something special for A&M, football and for all of us. We’ll worry about the future later.”

Ever since Jones was convinced by son and Cowboys executive Stephen to select guard Zack Martin instead of Manziel in 2014, reports surfaced from time to time that suggested Jones continued to be captivated by the quarterback.

But with the Cowboys drafting who they presumably hope to be Tony Romo’s heir apparent in Dak Prescott in the fourth-round — Jones’ public lamentations about missing out on Paxton Lynch notwithstanding — it certainly seems that any possibility, however remote, of a Manziel-to-Cowboys connection has passed.

But that doesn’t mean Jones still isn’t hoping for the best for Manziel.

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