As the Dallas Cowboys head into the 2021 NFL season, many questions about how the team will fare linger. One thing, though, is certain: team owner Jerry Jones really loves heavily-salted McGriddles breakfast sandwiches, and the internet is completely horrified by it.
Jones’s affinity for the iconic combination of pancake buns, sausage, and cheese became apparent in the premiere episode of Hard Knocks, the HBO series currently chronicling the team as training camp begins in Oxnard, California. The McGriddle appears in only one scene, as Jones discusses the health of quarterback Dak Prescott on the phone with a team official before eating a desk breakfast, but the has set the internet ablaze with commentary.
The breakfast itself isn’t egregious — black coffee with a couple packets of Sweet-N-Low paired with a sausage, egg, and cheese McGriddle. The label of the McGriddle — including the golden arches logo that’s stamped onto one of those maple-infused buns — is completely blurred out, but anyone who’s ever hangover-scarfed a McGriddle can immediately identify one. The McGriddle is also served on a plate, of course, because Jones is a billionaire.
Where things really get weird, though, is when Jones picks up the fancy shaker sitting next to the sandwich, and applies a heavy coating of salt to the edges of his sandwich. Both the quantity and application method of the salt were the topic of discussion on Twitter this week, and of course plenty of folks had jokes:
Hard Knocks literally showed Dak Prescott breaking his leg and it wasn’t nearly as gross as this clip of Jerry Jones putting salt on a McGriddle pic.twitter.com/NpMc2g6vyI— Korked Bats (@korkedbats) August 11, 2021
On last nights Hardknocks, I watched Jerry Jones put additional salt on his McGriddle. Proof that the stars are not just like us.— Lauren (@laurendhunt) August 12, 2021
Jones’s McGriddle affinity is one of few things we know about the Dallas Cowboys owner’s dining habits, other than his longstanding love of Tex-Mex, including Lemmon Avenue Tex-Mex staple Mia’s, where he’s famously met with head coaching candidates like Jimmy Johnson, who would go on to coach the Cowboys to two Super Bowls in the 1990s. Maple Avenue stalwart Ojeda’s is also, apparently, a Jones favorite.