Roger Staubach is one of the most respected athletes – and men – in the history of sports. Heisman Trophy winner, two-time Super Bowl champion, Hall of Famer – the list goes on. A man with high moral fiber, Staubach, who played college ball at Navy, spent his entire NFL career with the Cowboys, from 1969 to 1979.
So, if anyone should weigh in on Jerry Jones’ handling of the Greg Hardy situation, it’s Staubach. How could Jones have handled this situation differently?
“Well, I’m not sure how he could do it differently,” Staubach said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “The one thing on the surface, I’m very disappointed in the actions of this particular player, but I don’t know totally what’s going on behind the scenes and how the Cowboys looked at it. Jerry’s sons are involved. They’re really coming up in the organization and doing a great job. He’s got a daughter, Charlotte, that I’ve worked with on the Super Bowl when it’s in Dallas. And Charlotte, I really feel, has vetted things out with him and feels that there’s hope that he can get his life turned around.
“Those are the things behind the scenes I’m not familiar with as far as the hope that he could overcome, which is very difficult. If you’re a domestic-violence person, you’ve got to get help. There’s no way you’re going to try to say, ‘Well, this is one time, it’s not going to happen again.’ I mean, there’s evidence (of) that. It’s almost sickening when you think of what takes place in domestic violence, but I have confidence (in) Charlotte. She’s no-nonsense. I think she feels there’s hope for this guy and obviously he’s a great player, so they balanced that out and made a decision. I don’t know if I would have made that particular decision, but I don’t have all the evidence that they have.”
Interestingly enough, Staubach’s daughter, Jennifer, is the chair of the Domestic Violence Taskforce. She’s also a big Cowboys fan.
Needless to say, she now has mixed emotions about the franchise she grew up revering.
“Well, she’s very involved with the intricacies of domestic violence,” Staubach explained. “People can get their lives turned around, there’s no question about that. But it’s a very difficult process. (When a) man takes advantage and physically abuses a woman, it usually doesn’t just stop on that one occasion. But hopefully it does if that person gets the right help. So Jennifer is in the middle of making sure that we’re aware of it and that people care about it. It’s somewhat of an epidemic as far as the number of cases that take place. We don’t have to see a video or photos. There’s other ways of showing evidence that it happens, and we have to do something about it. We just haven’t done enough about it.”
Staubach was asked what he would do if one of his teammates had committed domestic abuse. Would Staubach even talk to him?
“I would talk to him, but I would talk to him in a way (to help him),” he said. “What are you doing about the problem you have? Hopefully he has to recognize he has a problem. So I’m sure I would get in those conversations. (My wife and I) have four daughters and granddaughters, so it’s a priority in my life as far as making sure that they’re protected and taken care of. So your teammates, you’re still in the trenches. You’re out on that field and there’s a relationship you have out there, and then there’s also the relationship in the locker room. It’s nice to have them both be good, but it’s not totally necessary to be in love with your teammate off the field. But on the field, you’ve got to be together as a team. It’s a very competitive game, and everybody’s not perfect. But when you hit that field, you’re out there to win and play together.”