College and professional football champion, Jimmy Johnson can now add this esteemed title: “Pro Football Hall of Famer” to his resume.
Johnson was named in the 2020 Pro Centennial Hall of Fame Centennial Class on Sunday during the intermission of the Seahawks-Green Bay Packers game in Seattle.
“The only thing I can think about is all the assistant coaches who worked for me, all the great players who played for me, are the reason I’m here,” Johnson said during a live show announcement. halfway through FOX. “This is so special to me because when you do the work we do, it’s nice to know that people appreciate it.”
Johnson was surprised by David Baker, president of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, who made the announcement in person in the FOX studio. Johnson immediately began to tear as his FOX analyst colleagues, all Hall of Famers, celebrated around him. In a poignant moment, FOX went to the Lambeau Field press room, where color commentator and Johnson’s former QB, Troy Aikman, were climbing up with his former coach.
“Just think of all the great players I’ve trained over the years,” added Johnson. “So from me to them, thank you, thank you.”
The Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins coach was one of the coach’s eight finalists to make the short list and one of only two to be selected for setting; Former Pittsburgh Steelers manager Bill Cowher was named in the Centenary class on Saturday.
A special blue ribbon panel made up of many members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame general selection committee, the Hall of Famers, coaches, football managers and several top historians examined the merits of nearly 300 nominated candidates. to be considered as part of the 2020 Class Hall special centenary. The nominee group was reduced to a list of 38 finalists in December who were discussed at a meeting and voted on by the Blue Ribbon group on Wednesday to elect the “Centennial Slate” of 15 members in the renowned Pro Football Hall.
The complete list of enshrinees, which will include 10 seniors, three contributors and the aforementioned two coaches, will be revealed on January 15 during the NFL Network. Good morning Football. Those 15 will join the five modern era ensembles, which will be announced during the Super Bowl Weekend during NFL honors.
Before joining the ranks of professional coaches, Johnson spent 10 seasons as head coach of Oklahoma State and Miami (Florida), during which he made a 81-34-3 record and led the hurricanes to an undefeated season and national title in 1987.
In 1989, Jerry Jones and the Cowboys hired Johnson from Miami to succeed Tom Landry as second coach in Cowboys history. Dallas went 1-15 in Johnson’s first season at the helm, but with a core of Michael Irvin, Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith, the Cowboys quickly turned into a contender.
Johnson won the AP Coach of the Year for leading Dallas to a 7-9 score in 1990. Dallas made the playoffs in 1991 and then secured back-to-back division titles in 1992 and 1993 in course for Super Bowl titles. In Johnson’s five seasons in Dallas, the Cowboys scored 44-36 in the regular season and 7-1 in the post season. Five of his Cowboys players are also in the Hall of Fame (Aikman, Irvin, Smith, Larry Allen, Charles Haley).
Johnson separated from the Cowboys in the 1994 offseason, then re-emerged with the Dolphins in 1996 to replace another legendary trainer at Don Shula. Johnson’s Dolphins never won the division, but did three seasons after the season and won 36-28 in four campaigns.
Johnson resigned after the 1999 season and spent the past two decades on television, particularly as an analyst FOX NFL Sunday.