Dallas Cowboys fans all over the world celebrated in unison during the Divisional Round of the playoffs when it was announced that Jimmy Johnson was headed to Canton, Ohio as a Pro Football Hall of Famer.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a Cowboys fan that doesn’t dig Coach Johnson. He is the man that many believe was primarily responsible for the dynasty that the Cowboys had in the 1990s. Aside from how great of a football coach he was, Johnson was an incredible character which made him all the more memorable.
What’s more is that Jimmy Johnson is - in the opinion of many - currently being slighted by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Despite the successes that the partnership experienced together in Super Bowls XXVII and XXVIII, and all of the fanfare in the almost 30 years since, Jerry Jones has kept Jimmy Johnson out of the Cowboys’ own Hall of Fame, the Ring of Honor.
It looks like Jerry will keep Jimmy out of the Ring of Honor in 2020, too
Jerry Jones has the most influence on who joins the team’s Ring of Honor which is why he has become the target of many when it comes to Johnson’s exclusion. The fact that Johnson is going to have a gold jacket and bronze bust - thus being recognized as one of the greatest coaches in the history of professional football - while being honored for his contributions to the entire NFL before he is celebrated by his own team is awkward.
That awkwardness has set Jerry Jones up to look badly regardless of what route he takes (although most fans aren’t exactly sympathetic to that). The longer that Jones waits to put Johnson in, the longer he’s excluding what is literally one of the greatest coaches of all time; however, if Jones puts Johnson in soon, next season even, he is viewed as hogging the limelight. Whatever the case, it appears as if Jones has made his decision for 2020 at the very least and that Johnson’s name won’t join the others inside of AT&T Stadium.
Jerry Jones does not currently plan for Jimmy Johnson to be inducted this year into the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor. Johnson will enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2020. “I want that to be the focus, period.”— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) February 27, 2020
It is a shame that almost three decades have gone by and that awkwardness is still a factor, even to a slight degree, when it comes to Jerry Jones and Jimmy Johnson. It has now been 24 years since the Cowboys won a Super Bowl, 26 since they did so under Jimmy Johnson; you would think that all of the falling short would make the times Dallas successfully climbed the mountain all the more sweet in retrospect, and worth celebrating with those that helped accomplish it.
Some things aren’t that easy though, and this appears to be one of them. Don’t count on Jimmy Johnson going into the Ring of Honor in 2020, but you can absolutely bank on him going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 8th.