Jimmy Johnson elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame


A champion in both college and professional football, Jimmy Johnson can now add to his resume this esteemed title: "Pro Football Hall of Famer."

Johnson was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Centennial Class of 2020 on Sunday during halftime of the Seattle Seahawks-Green Bay Packers game.

The Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins coach was one of eight coaching finalists to make the short list and one of only two to be selected for enshrinement; former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher was named to the Centennial Class on Saturday.

A special Blue-Ribbon Panel comprised of many members of the overall Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee, Hall of Famers, coaches, football executives and several leading historians scrutinized the merits of nearly 300 candidates nominated for consideration as part of the Hall's special Centennial Class of 2020. The group of nominees was reduced to a list of 38 finalists in December that were debated in a meeting and voted on by the Blue-Ribbon Panel on Wednesday to elect the 15-member "Centennial Slate" to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


The full list of enshrinees, which will include 10 seniors, three contributors and the aforementioned two coaches, will be revealed on Jan. 15 during NFL Network's Good Morning Football. Those 15 will join the five modern-era enshrinees, who will announced on Super Bowl Weekend during NFL Honors.

Before entering the professional coaching ranks, Johnson spent 10 seasons as head coach of Oklahoma State and Miami (Fla.), during which he compiled an 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 out of Miami to succeed Tom Landry as just the second coach in Cowboys history. Dallas went 1-15 in Johnson's first season at the helm, but with a nucleus of Michael Irvin, Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith, the Cowboys quickly turned into a contender.

Johnson won AP Coach of the Year for leading Dallas to a 7-9 mark in 1990. Dallas made the playoffs in 1991 and then secured back-to-back division titles in 1992 and 1993 en route to Super Bowl titles, as well. In Johnson's five seasons in Dallas, the Cowboys went 44-36 in the regular season and 7-1 in the postseason. Five of his Cowboys players are also in the Hall of Fame (Aikman, Irvin, Smith, Larry Allen, Charles Haley).

Johnson parted ways with the Cowboys in the 1994 offseason, only to reemerge with the Dolphins in 1996 to replace another legendary coach in Don Shula. Johnson's Dolphins never won the division but made the postseason three times and went 36-28 in four campaigns.

Johnson resigned following the 1999 season and has spent the last two decades in television, most notably as an analyst on FOX NFL Sunday.


Watch: Cowboys legend Jimmy Johnson overcome with emotion as he learns he will be inducted into Hall of Fame

Johnson had an 80-64 coaching record and led the Cowboys to two Super Bowl wins in 1992-93.

Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson cheers on his players in the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Jan. 16, 1994 in Irving, Texas.(Pat Sullivan / ASSOCIATED PRESS)

By SportsDay Staff
5:25 PM on Jan 12, 2020

Another Cowboys great is joining the Hall of Fame.

Jimmy Johnson was overcome with emotion as he was informed during a Fox broadcast on Sunday that he will be the 328th Hall of Fame inductee, joining the historic centennial class.

“The only thing I can think of is, that all these assistant coaches that have worked for me, all the great players that have played for me, they’re the reason I’m here," Johnson said. “I can’t talk … I mean, I mean … this is so special to me, because when you put in the work that we put in, it’s nice to know that people appreciate it.”

Johnson had an 80-64 coaching record and led the Cowboys to two Super Bowl wins in 1992-93.

More to come on this developing story


The fact that Jimmy gets in the HoF without being in the RoH 25 years after he left Dallas and built a dynasty is an absolute disgrace and embarrassment. Fuck you Jerry and your sorry ass spawn to boot.

you upset about Johnson being kicked out by Jerry "motherfucker" Jones?




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Okay... Here's my longer post about this.

You can count on one hand the coaches who made long lasting changes in how the game of football is played, but you have ONLY one who changed it forever, on every level it is played. From pee-wee all the way up to the pros, Jimmy's "upfield pressure" philosophy for defensive linemen is taught as standard today.

What is it? Well, before Jimmy changed it, the standard was for defensive linemen to collect and tie up blockers, protecting the linebackers and particularly the MIKE, so they can get to the point of attack and make plays. It was called "read and react" and anyone who played on the line whether offense or defense, knew it well. The defensive linemen were basically blocking dummies, on run plays. There were twists on it, like Tom Landry's "flex" defense, but the philosophy remained unchanged for 50-plus years.

Jimmy in his formative years as a player at Arkansas, kept chafing at the restrictive nature of the technique, and started openly questioning why the "defense had to be so defensive" and being an undersized squatty-body but quick off the ball defensive tackle , he began during his senior year in college, to charge upfield on the snap occasionally, and it often created havoc for the opposing offense when he did.

Hired on as a young defensive assistant at various universities he often tried to explain this to his bosses, only to be met with "Jimmy, you can't send your linemen off on kamikaze missions" and such. But he persisted, teaching the technique anyway to his players. As he moved up the coaching ranks and became a defensive coordinator, he instituted "upfield pressure" as the base defense and began to build particularly nasty collegiate defenses. Teaching his philosophy to future greats and hall of famers such as Lee Roy Selmon, among many others.

"Upfield pressure" worked so well that others began taking notice and since players Jimmy had coached kept getting drafted in high rounds, the technique started filtering up to the pros as well.

Jimmy unleashed it fully on the NFL when he became head coach of our Dallas Cowboys. "Upfield pressure" is why today you have zone blocking schemes for the offensive line, and other offensive blocking philosophies designed to mitigate it. It's the reason that trap plays and pulling guards and tackles ended for about 15 years. Those are only just making a big comeback to the game. And unlike most other innovations in football, "upfield pressure" stalwartly remains pretty much unchecked and unchallenged. THE standard for playing defensive line.

It's still alive today, still taught starting in Pop Warner ball. But now as of today, the innovator of it is to be immortally enshrined at Canton. When I saw the look on his face I knew exactly how he felt. 40 years in coaching, fighting bullshit and people like Foote and Jerry, people like Switzer who at Oklahoma told him the "kamikaze" line. Doubters, naysayers and just plain idiots like Tom Olivadotti. And now there is no doubt, no question. Finally for all time, Jimmy was right and all you fucks, wrong.

Congratulations, Jimmy Johnson! You more than deserve your bust in Canton.
It’s time for Jerry Jones to put his friction with Jimmy Johnson aside, induct him into the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor

Johnson was told he will be in the Hall of Fame during a Fox broadcast on Sunday.

Former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson listens as 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee and Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones talks to him at the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony at Tom Benson Stadium in Canton, Ohio on Saturday, August 6, 2017.(Vernon Bryant / Staff Photographer)

By Tim Cowlishaw
7:34 PM on Jan 12, 2020

Jerry Jones hired a Super Bowl-winning coach this week. It’s now time for him to add a Super Bowl-winning coach to the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor.

Two-time winner Jimmy Johnson was taken by surprise at halftime of the Green Bay-Seattle game Sunday night, learning alongside his Fox comrades that he was the second coach added to the Pro Football Hall of Fame as part of the special 100-year celebration of the league. Steelers Super Bowl winner Bill Cowher, a part of CBS’ crew, found out he was set to be enshrined in a similar ceremony on that network Saturday.

Johnson smiled and laughed with his colleagues but was clearly caught off guard when the Hall’s president, Dave Baker, entered the stage through a backdoor and gave him the news. Johnson was as close to speechless as you are likely to find him.

“The only thing I can think of is all the assistant coaches that have worked for me, all the great players that played for me, they’re the reason I’m here. I can’t talk,’’ Johnson said, sounding as if he was having trouble catching his breath.

“This is so special to me. When you put in the work that we put in, it’s nice to know that people appreciate it,’’ Johnson said.

Tears filled his eyes and the Fox cameras cut away to analyst Troy Aikman, watching and tearing up himself from the press box at Lambeau Field.

Tom Landry is the only coach currently in the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor, and some have thought Johnson would never make it because of the friction between the coach and the owner that ended their relationship in the spring of 1994. But with Jones having already earned a Hall of Fame jacket two years ago, there’s no reason for the owner not to acknowledge the coach that turned the Cowboys from a 1-15 disaster in 1989 to a three-time champ — even if the last title was captured with Barry Switzer at the helm and Johnson getting ready to take the Miami Dolphins’ job following Don Shula’s departure.

Jones and Johnson shared laughs at a 25-year reunion of the 1992 Super Bowl champs here in Dallas two years ago. And Johnson was nothing but complimentary when Jones earned induction ahead of him in 2018.

When Baker entered the studio, he greeted Terry Bradshaw, Michael Strahan and Tony Gonzalez first.

“Hall of Famer, Hall of Famer, Hall of Famer... Coach, on behalf of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and all those fans watching and all of us who love this game, thank you for all you’ve done for the game. Thank you for the history you’ve made and the lives you’ve impacted,’’ Baker said.

“It’s my great honor to tell you you’re going to be the 328th Hall of Famer, and your legacy is going to be in Canton, Ohio forever.’’

Johnson was holding it together until Baker mentioned “the lives you’ve impacted.’’ The coach has been a finalist for the Hall several times but some thought he would never make it because his time in the league was so short. He only coached nine seasons and was able to produce just a 2-3 playoff record during his four years with Miami before retiring permanently.

The other coaching finalists included another two-time Super Bowl champ, the Raiders’ Tom Flores, along with Dick Vermeil, who won one for St. Louis and lost one for Philadelphia and Don Coryell, who is frequently given credit for inventing the modern vertical passing game.

Johnson had a 7-1 playoff record in Dallas, losing only to Detroit after the 1991 season before guiding the Cowboys to their most one-sided Super Bowl victory and their only back-to-back titles.

That was a little more than a quarter of a century ago. If Jones hopes that Mike McCarthy will return the Cowboys to Super Bowl glory, it’s not a bad time to remember the No. 1 reason Jones ever hoisted the Lombardi Trophy in the first place.




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There is no bigger Jimmy fan than me. Should have been a HOFer a long time ago. He is now pushing 80 and should of had more time to enjoy it. Still pisses me off Stabler and Bob Hayes went in after death. Favorite Jimmy moment calling the first victory over Buffalo in 3 inch headlines. If it hadn't been for Jimmy the franchise might be in a 42 year drought with only two Lombardis.
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