FRISCO, TX — It’s been almost 30 years since Jimmy Johnson coached the Dallas Cowboys to back-to-back Super Bowl titles. On Sunday, November 19, Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones said that Dallas would finally recognize Johnson’s efforts by inducting the coach into the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor.
On Fox’s NFL Pregame show before Dallas’s matchup with the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Jones announced that the Cowboys would hold a ceremony for Johnson on December 30th.
Jones and Johnson have had a rocky relationship ever since Jones fired him following Johnson’s second championship. The controversial owner infamously fired Johnson to bring in Barry Switzer. Switzer led Dallas to a championship title in 1996 for Super Bowl XXX. Johnson and Jones’s relationship never really improved much in the following years, but Jones says that the two have turned over a new leaf.
Johnson finished his tenure with the Cowboys with a 44-36 overall regular season record and a 7-1 postseason record in five years with Dallas.
Johnson is poised to become the 24th member of the Cowboys Ring of Honor and the second coach to receive this prestigious recognition. The first coach to be enshrined was the legendary Tom Landry, who helmed the Cowboys from 1960 to 1988, securing two Super Bowls and seven conference championship berths.
Five players coached by Johnson have earned induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Troy Aikman, Larry Allen, Charles Haley, Michael Irvin, and Emmitt Smith.