Saturday night the Pro Football Hall of Fame bucked their usual trend of how they announce their new members when they surprised former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher on the CBS pregame show. It was an emotional moment.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame will have a larger class than usual in 2020 as they are celebrating what they are referring to as a Centennial Class following the NFL’s 100th season. This is being done in an effort to get in candidates that have faced a logjam in recent memory, and that’s awesome to see. There are plenty of deserving players, coaches, and contributors left out.
Considering the way that Cowher found out though, this led many to speculate that perhaps Jimmy Johnson could find out similarly on his own show on FOX this Sunday. Those assumptions were in fact proven to be true and a long injustice has now been rectified. Jimmy Johnson is a Pro Football Hall of Famer!
Jimmy Johnson helped revitalize the Dallas Cowboys as one of the NFL’s most prominent franchises in the early 90s. He executed the trade of Herschel Walker that gave the Cowboys the assets to build their dynasty and established a culture where winning became the only thing.
Johnson went 44-36 during his five seasons with the Cowboys and won back-to-back Super Bowls following the 1992 and 1993 seasons. He infamously left the team after that run leaving Cowboys fans to wonder “what if” for the rest of time.
While five years obviously isn’t a large sample size what Jimmy did for the Cowboys (and subsequently the NFL as a whole) was incredible and deserves immortality. He revolutionized the way that teams built their rosters and created the NFL Draft chart. He stormed in and took control of America’s Team right after Tom Landry and turned them into a force that catapulted their brand to an even larger worldwide scale.
Jimmy has deserved a bronze bust in Canton, Ohio for far too long now. Thankfully he will finally get what he deserves.
Congratulations, Jimmy Johnson!