The Dallas Cowboys played a football game on Thursday night, but even before any toe met any ball, the team made some news. While the non-Cowboys and Steelers teams in the NFL will only play three preseason games this year, the reason that Dallas and Pittsburgh played a fourth is because they were part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame game. Obviously they were at the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
Saturday and Sunday will feature the induction speeches from both the classes of 2020 and 2021 (since there was no enshrinement ceremony last year) and former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson is a part of the former.
Just before the Cowboys and Steelers kicked off, Johnson was on the FOX set where he serves as an analyst throughout the season and he was joined by the network’s top color analyst Troy Aikman (Johnson’s former quarterback), and team owner Jerry Jones. It was a Cowboys reunion.
As the group were sharing stories and laughs, Jerry Jones did what he should have done long ago. He announced that Jimmy Johnson will be enshrined in the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor.
Former @dallascowboys QB @TroyAikman and current owner Jerry Jones join the set to talk with new Hall of Famer @JimmyJohnson and inform him that he will be joining the Cowboys Ring of Honor! ⭐️ pic.twitter.com/bINdwBiikw— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) August 5, 2021
It has taken far too long for Jerry Jones to give Jimmy Johnson his due in the team’s own sector of immortality. Time does tend to heal all wounds which was evidenced by Jerry owning up to how he “messed up” with Jimmy way back in the day.
Jerry Jones' story on Barry Switzer wanting to know how things got "f***** up" between he and Jimmy Johnson is something else.— Blogging The Boys (@BloggingTheBoys) July 21, 2021
(via @dallascowboys) https://t.co/jSCbXr8AMI pic.twitter.com/k3lXskFkFd
Jerry did not provide specifics on when Johnson will be immortalized at AT&T Stadium, but it will likely be during a game that the Cowboys are playing on a day that isn’t a Sunday so that Johnson can be free from his duties at FOX where he is part of the Sunday crew. For what it’s worth, the Cowboys do host the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football in Week 3.
Whenever and however this happens, the important thing to note is that it is finally happening.
Jimmy Johnson will be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday with Aikman serving as his presenter.