NFL fans were treated to a special treat on Saturday night just before the Divisional Round game between the Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans kicked off. As CBS had the broadcast, their studio show had a pregame show going on like normal - nothing special about that. What was special was when the President of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, David Baker, showed up unannounced from behind Bill Cowher with a special surprise.
The former head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who guided them to a victory in Super Bowl XL, is the first member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Centennial Class.
Former @Steelers head coach Bill Cowher has been selected to the @ProFootballHOF Centennial Class of 2020!— NFL (@NFL) January 12, 2020
His reaction is everything. #PFHOF20 (via @NFLonCBS) @CowherCBS pic.twitter.com/SBDvIFr0xR
Obviously most Cowboys fans hate the Steelers so it’s not like anybody spent any time rooting for them (in fact it was Cowher’s Steelers who the Cowboys last faced when they made a Super Bowl), but it was a very cool moment for the game of football. Stuff like this doesn’t happen all of the time.
The reason that stuff like this doesn’t happen is because Hall of Famers are usually exclusively announced on the eve of each season’s Super Bowl. Considering this is a Centennial class it appears that some exceptions are being made for special moments like this.
Having a Centennial class (this has been the NFL’s 100th season) was done to induct some players, coaches, and contributors that have long been worthy of the Hall of Fame yet have found themselves left out because others kept leapfrogging them. Cowher is now one of the beneficiaries of that, and considering it happened on the pre-game show that he’s a part of, one has to wonder if the same is going to happen for a certain former Cowboys coach.
Is Jimmy Johnson going to join the Hall of Fame next?
Obviously Jimmy Johnson had more success at winning Super Bowls than Bill Cowher did, and he is also a semifinalist for the Centennial class. What’s more is that Johnson is part of FOX’s pregame show for when they have NFL games and they will carry Sunday’s contest between the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers.
Could David Baker show up and give Johnson the good news the same way that he did for Bill Cowher? If the idea is to make these moments special and they were willing to do it for Cowher, does it not make sense to do it for Johnson should he get in (it could be argued he is as worthy, if not more, of getting in as Cowher, which leads one to believe that he could receive the nomination)?
Anything is possible. What do you think?