Eddie Jones dies at 74

Former NFL executive Eddie Jones, who spent 10 years as

president of the Miami Dolphins, has died. He was 74.

Jones died Wednesday morning, the Dolphins said. No cause was

immediately given.

Jones joined the Dolphins as vice president of administration

and finance in 1988 before becoming executive vice president and

general manager in 1990, and he worked closely with Hall of Fame

coach Don Shula.

”I’ve always felt teamwork in all phases of the operation was

the key to building a winning team,” Shula said, ”and Eddie Jones

was the consummate team player.”

Jones became team president in 1996 and held that position until

retiring following the 2005 season.

The Houston native played a key role in taking the Dolphins

global, with the team playing games in London (1988), Tokyo (1991),

Berlin (1992) and Mexico City (1997) during his tenure. He arranged

the Dolphins’ move from Miami into a new training complex in Davie,

Fla., in 1992.

”He certainly could be a competitor,” former team owner Wayne

Huizenga said, ”as I found out across a conference table when I

was negotiating to buy the Dolphins, and later on the golf course

during our many rounds together. But what set him apart was his

kindness and warmth.”

Jones also was president of the New Orleans Saints from 1982-85.

He began his NFL career as business manager of the Saints in

1968.

The Air Force veteran is survived by his wife, Marilyn, their

three children and five grandchildren.