It’s no secret that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and former two-time Super Bowl-winning head coach Jimmy Johnson aren’t the best of friends. Consider how things ended in 1993, following the team’s second consecutive Super Sunday victory.
Jimmy stepped down as he and Jerry’s fighting over control had come to a head. While the Cowboys did win another Super Bowl two seasons later under Barry Switzer, it was with Jimmy Johnson’s players. His winning culture.
The Cowboys haven’t sniffed the Super Bowl since, in fact, they haven’t made an NFC Championship Game either.
Jones, the team’s owner, president and general manager, hasn’t done much since he and Jimmy parted ways. All these years later, many people believe that Jerry made a huge mistake. For years, Dallas fans and media have wondered, why Jerry hasn’t inducted Johnson into the team’s Ring of Honor?
Jerry has done his best to prolong the deserving honor, make up excuses and dispel the notion that he’s being petty. Which only makes his agenda of making Johnson sweat it out as long as he can more obvious.
During a recent interview with Newy Scruggs of NBCDFW, Jones, a 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, was asked again when is Jimmy’s name going up? Scruggs even shared the sentiment of it seeming “very petty.”
That statement was much to the chagrin of Jerry, who responded like this:
“It’s BS for anybody to be making anything of that. I’ve said I’m going to put him in. Now, when I put him in, and the circumstances and what I do with that, there’s a lot of more than Jimmy to think about here, and I’ve got a lot of other lives out here that have laid a lot on the line on that field that need to be in that Ring of Honor as well. And so how I do that, what I do it with, I get to make that decision, and it isn’t at the end of the day all tailored around whether Jimmy is sniveling or not.”
Jerry Jones on why Jimmy Johnson isn't in the Cowboys' Ring of Honor: I get to make that decision, and it isn't at the end of the day all tailored around whether Jimmy is sniveling or not." https://t.co/m8YPEfmGOJ
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 1, 2022
Sounds like Jerry is still holding some sort of grudge towards his former head coach who took his team to heights during his tenure.
Jones Doesn’t Seem To Be In Any Hurry To Add Johnson
Jones and Johnson were teammates at Arkansas, and many believed together they’d create a long-standing dynasty. They did create a mini-one, but it was short lived, and to this day the Cowboys haven’t been anywhere near the same without Johnson at the helm. As for Jones, he seems to sidestep the question, while also making it seem as if there’s a worthy backlog of folks waiting to have their name enshrined.
Johnson Is In Both The NFL And College Football Hall Of Fame
Johnson is already enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame (2020) and College Football Hall of Fame (2012), so why has it now taken nearly 30 years to be enshrined by the team he led to back-to-back Super Bowl wins?
Hall of Famer Jimmy Johnson came to the Hall of Fame on Friday, where he and the @USFL's Executive VP of Football Operations, Daryl Johnston, unveiled the new Vince Lombardi Trophy that will be awarded to the winner of Super Bowl LVII.
— Pro Football Hall of Fame (@ProFootballHOF) June 24, 2022
Since his retirement, Johnson has become one of the most respected NFL analysts as a member of Fox “NFL Sunday.” Who knows, he may even be a Hall of Famer in the broadcasting field? But before that happens, he deserves to be in the “How Bout Them Cowboys” Ring of Honor.