new luxury bus comes with plenty of fixins
IRVING Irate fans who want the Cowboys thrown under the bus for missing the
playoffs the last three seasons should know it will be done in style.
The team's new high profile acquisition, dubbed "The Elegant Lady," is
scheduled to arrive in Indianapolis on Tuesday for the NFL scouting combine. The
Prevost Marathon Coach will be waiting to squire owner Jerry Jones and his staff
around town once they arrive by plane.
Anyone who has seen the subtle and often expensive touches the Jones family
incorporated into Cowboys Stadium can assume this project also pushes the upper
end of the scale.
The luxury bus made its debut this month in New Orleans for the Super Bowl.
Former Cowboys star Larry Allen sat on one of its three plush couches, watching
one of the vehicle's nine TV screens, as he learned he will be inducted into the
Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Since the bus was parked, driver Emory Tyler was able to slide a portion of
the cab out an extra foot to give Allen a little more leg room.
Tyler put more than 2 million miles on the club's original bus, which remains
in service. He drove for World Cup soccer and the Olympics and did freelance
work for the Secret Service before joining the Cowboys nearly 14 years ago.
Former President Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey were among his long list of high
powered passengers before he drove Jones and the Cowboys.
Fans are drawn to the bus wherever Tyler goes. He stopped overnight in a
place he calls "Nowhere, New Mexico" a few years ago on the way to training camp
in California, a town so small that most of the streets weren't paved.
He awoke the next morning to find a crowd circling the bus.
"People were there with kids in their Cowboys pajamas wanting to take
pictures of me and the bus," Tyler said. "I know I'm not a celebrity, but people
want my autograph anyway. A lot."
In all of his years on the road, Tyler recalls only two incidents of
vandalism. Someone tagged the bus with a marker in California several years ago.
He was able to erase all evidence of it in 30 minutes.
And then there was the time someone threw an egg. That had to be in
"It wasn't," said Tyler, who left for Indianapolis on Sunday. "I was in
Philadelphia with the other bus once during the off season and I was surprised.
It was so cool. The people there loved it."