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LANDRY COMES AROUND, WILL JOIN `RING’

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In was an unexpected sight, former adversaries Jerry Jones and Tom Landry seated side-by-side in the stadium both have dominated.

Landry came back to Texas Stadium on Tuesday to say he is ready to accept the Dallas Cowboys' greatest honor, even if it was coming from the man who fired him in 1989.Both men smiled as Landry finally accepted Jones' longstanding offer to join the team's Ring of Honor.

"You know, there's a lot of controversy that's come across my desk over the Ring of Honor. I just want you to know that . . . it was never a problem with any feeling that I had towards the new management and the football team," Landry said.

"Those people who know me best, you know that when I turn a corner, I don't think about yesterday. When I stepped down from the Cowboys, I moved right on to something else."

Landry said it was a busy schedule and not any harsh feelings toward Jones that kept him out of the ring and away from Texas Stadium until Tuesday.

Part of the reason Landry has avoided Cowboys games, he said, was the fear of being mobbed by fans. Plus, he joked, he would've had to buy a ticket.

The unlikely reunion came about because of another unlikely gathering in May. A golf tournament brought together Jones, Landry and Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson, and the Ring of Honor question came up again.

This time, Landry was ready to consider the invitation. He thought about what it would mean to his family, his former players and the fans. Finally, it all made sense.

Yes, he'd do it. He'd let them put his name along the stadium's walls between the upper and lower decks next to seven of the greats that he coached: Bob Lilly, Don Meredith, Don Perkins, Chuck Howley, Mel Renfro, Roger Staubach and Lee Roy Jordan.

"Him being in the Ring of Honor, once again, is another special moment in the history of the Dallas Cowboys," said former running back Tony Dorsett.

Landry, 68, definitely has a resume worthy of the honor. He's the NFL's third all-time winningest coach at 270-178-6, he reached the Super Bowl five times and went home a winner twice. In 1990, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.