Jerry Jones jokes about black cat’s appearance during win over Giants
Jerry Jones joked on Tuesday that the black cat that made an appearance during the Dallas Cowboys’ victory over the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on “Monday Night Football” was all part of his master plan.
The cat, to no surprise given the situation’s novelty, became one of the biggest stories to emerge from the Cowboys’ 37-18 road win over the host Giants. Play was stopped during the second quarter as the cat scampered around the field before ultimately running through an end zone and escaping into a tunnel.
During his weekly appearance on 105.3 The Fan’s Shan & RJ show, Jones was asked about the incident, and the Cowboys owner used the opportunity to showcase his trademark wit.
"I've had that cat in a big dark spot in that stadium, ever since Hoffa (in the old stadium)." said Jerry Jones, jokingly. @1053thefan pic.twitter.com/lNm9Dj0Zbn— 105.3 The FAN (@1053thefan) November 5, 2019
“I’ve had that cat kept in the deep dark spots of that stadium for years just waitin’ for him to come out,” Jones said. “I told [bodyguard] Rosey to go down and unchain him and get him out on the field!”
Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, meanwhile, was not as amused as Jones by the cat’s star-making turn.
With @EzekielElliott after #DALvsNYG. He averaged 6 yards a carry. Isn't fond of cats. @dallascowboys pic.twitter.com/tKYOVrpaiA— Kimberly Jones (@KimJonesSports) November 5, 2019
“I’m allergic to cats,” Elliott told NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones, “so I wasn’t feeling the black cat in the middle of the game.”
The black cat seemingly played the role of good luck charm for the Cowboys — for those who believe in such things — as the team was losing 9-3 before its appearance. Jones noted as much after Monday’s win.
“I haven’t seen one glare at me that far away before. I know he was looking at me the whole time he was out there,” Jones said, as relayed by Jon Machota of The Athletic. “But things did kind of change when that black cat came. What was amazing to me was how few people wanted to go grab him.”
A statement issued later Monday night via the official Twitter account of MetLife Stadium relayed that the black cat has not yet been safely captured. If and when that occurs, the feline, one of many cats believed to have taken up residence in the stadium, will be taken to a vet for an examination.