Former Dolphins executive Eddie Jones has died at the age of 74.
Jones was hired in 1988 as the Dolphins’ vice president of administration and finance. In 1990, he became the executive vice president and general manager and then the president of the Dolphins in 1996.
In 1999, Dolphins players unanimously recognized Jones with the Ed Block Courage award.
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross released the following statement: "Speaking for the entire Dolphin organization, I want to express my sadness about the passing of Eddie Jones. Eddie's tenure at the Dolphins may have preceded my ownership, but I certainly knew so much about him from his many friends. From the very beginning of my involvement with the team, I not only heard about all the things Eddie accomplished on behalf of the organization, but also about the respect and admiration so many people had for him, not only among the Dolphin family, but also throughout the South Florida community and the NFL. I know Eddie will be missed by everyone he touched, and on behalf of the Dolphin organization I want to extend my condolences to his wife, Marilyn, and the rest of his family."
Prior to joining the Dolphins, Jones was the Saints’ president and COO from 1982-85. He began his NFL career as the Saints’ business manager in 1968.
Others who know Jones also spoke of him on Wednesday:
Former Dolphins owner H. Wayne Huizenga: "I lost a dear friend with the passing of Eddie Jones. He truly exemplified what it meant to be a gentleman. He certainly could be a competitor, 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 — you couldn't help but have a great time whenever you were around him. It didn't matter who you were — he treated everyone with respect. He was one of the most outgoing people I've ever known and that optimism lifted up everyone around him. I certainly will appreciate Eddie's invaluable contributions to the Dolphins' legacy, but what I will remember most is his friendship and his positive impact on so many people."
Former Dophins owner Tim Robbie: "I was deeply saddened to hear of Eddie Jones' passing. Eddie was an instrumental member of the Dolphins and Joe Robbie Stadium management team for many years. Eddie was a true gentleman and a consummate professional. He brought a positive attitude and genuine enthusiasm to everything he did. Our sincerest condolences go out to Marilyn Jones and the entire Jones family during this difficult time.”
Hall of Fame head coach Don Shula: “I really appreciate all Eddie did for me and the Dolphins during the time we were together. I can't say enough about his support of the football team. I’ve always felt teamwork in all phases of the operation was the key to building a winning team, and Eddie Jones was the consummate team player. He would drop by my office almost every day and ask how things were going. He wanted to do everything that he could do to help us win and that's all you can ask of a front office executive. I want to pass along my condolences to Marilyn and his family."