The Miami Herald is reporting that former Dolphins general manager and president Eddie Jones, an executive in the organization from 1988-2005, died this morning at the age of 74.
No cause of death was immediately given according to the Herald.
Jones, a Houston native and Air Force veteran, began his NFL career as business manager for the New Orleans Saints in 1968. He eventually became the club’s President/Chief Operating Officer for the from 1982-85.
Following his stint with the Saints, 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.
He retired from his position as president of the organization following the 2005 NFL season.
Upon hearing of Jones’ passing, Hall of Fame head coach Don Shula said:
“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 [his wife] and [their] family.”
Fox Sports writes that Jones is survived by his wife Marilyn, their three children and five grandchildren.