Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones DODGES question about inducting ‘sniveling’ former coach Jimmy Johnson in Ring of Honor…continuing years of tense relationship
- The two former Arkansas teammates have years of bitterness in relationship
- Johnson won Jones his first two Super Bowls following takeover in 1989
- Only one other coach has been inducted into the Cowboys Ring of Honor
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will be forever linked to his former head coach, Hall of Famer Jimmy Johnson.
However, that doesn’t mean the man who coached his teams to two Super Bowl titles will get any credit from the owner any time soon.
Speaking to a sports reporter from NBC Dallas/Fort Worth, the long-time owner dug into his position when asked why Johnson has yet to be inducted into the Cowboys Ring of Honor.
‘I get to make that decision,’ Jones told the reporter. ‘It isn’t, at the end of the day, all tailored around whether Jimmy is sniveling or not.’
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has a tense relationship with his former head coach
Jones previously promised at the 2021 Hall of Fame game that Johnson would be inducted, but did not make an official decision or say when that might happen.
The two men have a long and complicated relationship dating back to their time together at the University of Arkansas.
Johnson, a defensive lineman, and Jones, an offensive lineman, were both part of the undefeated Razorbacks team of 1964 that was voted national champions.
After Jones bought the Cowboys in 1989, one of his first moves was to fire legendary coach Tom Landry to hire Johnson, who had won the national title with the University of Miami Hurricanes in 1987.
After a rocky start in Dallas, Johnson went on to win back-to-back Super Bowls, defeating the Buffalo Bills in both Super Bowl XXVII and Super Bowl XXVIII.
During that time, Johnson and Jones fought internally over control of personnel decisions – with Jones unwilling to grant his coach that power.
Jimmy Johnson is waiting for the day he will be inducted into the Cowboys Ring of Honor
Johnson left for the Miami Dolphins and Jones hired another former Arkansas Razorback in Barry Switzer.
Switzer may have won Super Bowl XXX three years after that decision, but it was mostly with a roster developed and curated while Johnson was coaching.
Since then, the Cowboys have had little success in the postseason, making 11 appearances in 25 seasons and only winning four playoff games.
All four of those wins came in the Wild Card round, with Jason Garrett the only coach to manage more than one playoff victory.
The Cowboys Ring of Honor includes 22 inductees, with the legendary Tom Landry being the only coach in that group.
Landry won the same number of Super Bowl titles with the Cowboys as Johnson, defeating the Dolphins in Super Bowl VI and the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XII.