Jimmy Johnson elected to Centennial Class of Pro Football Hall of Fame

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Jimmy Johnson is a Hall of Famer.

The announcement everyone was waiting for occurred at halftime as Hall of Fame president David Baker showed up on the set FOX’s NFL halftime show to give Johnson the news in person. Baker also surprised Bill Cowher a day earlier on CBS’ The NFL Today.

Johnson and Cowher are the two coaches the blue-ribbon panel elected this week as part of the Centennial Slate. The other members of the 15-person Centennial Slate will be revealed on Good Morning Football on Wednesday at 7 a.m. ET on NFL Network.

The Centennial Slate also includes 10 seniors (players who last played more than 25 seasons ago) and three contributors (an individual other than a player or coach). They were selected from a list of 38 finalists debated by a Centennial Blue-Ribbon Panel last Wednesday after a cutdown from nearly 300 nominees.

Johnson coached the Cowboys from 1989-1993 and the Dolphins from 1996-99. He went 89-68 overall record.

Johnson turned a Cowboys team that posted a 1-15 record in 1989 into a Super Bowl champion in 1992. Johnson led the Cowboys to three playoff appearances and two Super Bowl victories – Super Bowls XXVII and XXVIII – and led the Dolphins to three postseason appearances.

The Class of 2020 will have 20 members, with five modern-era members added the day before Super Bowl LIV in a meeting of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee.

88 responses to “Jimmy Johnson elected to Centennial Class of Pro Football Hall of Fame

  1. Dallas fans wish that Jerry Jones could have refrained from meddling.
    Who knows what could have been if Johnson had stayed longer.

  2. Finally ! Congratulations Jimmy as it is well deserved and long overdue. And I’m not even a Cowboys fan.

    Lets get Tom Flores and George Seifert in next.

  3. raiderbri100 says:
    January 12, 2020 at 8:23 pm
    Next HAS TO BE Tom Flores
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    I know Flores won 2 Super Bowls, but overall he was mediocre. Mot a HOfer.. 97-87 for his career (averaging 8 wins per season) Did not have a winning season his last five and was 37-59 as a team exec…. No way does he get in..

  4. Very deserving for Jimmy Johnson !! Did a lot for the game , especially the Cowboys!! Jimmys Canton bound yet Jerry Jones refuses to put him in Ring Of Honor !!! Jones looks like a fool !!!

  5. He has two rings and the same number of playoff wins as Tony Dungy. It is a joke he wasn’t in already.

  6. Buy next Wednesday’s formal announcement all the recipients will be known! Stealing NFLN thunder!

  7. I don’t know if the Hall of Fame voters would ever consider it, but there are/were some excellent assistants or coordinators who were never in charge, but were unsung heroes in the success of a team and they should be (in my view) enshrined also.

  8. I like Jimmy a lot as a person and a coach, and this will be unpopular, but coaching only 9 years is cutting it close. 80-64 overall is not HOF special. Yes, 2 SB wins, but the talent on those teams was incredible. His great personality and weekly appearances on Fox definitely helped.

  9. I am so not a cowpie fan, but Jimmy deserved this!

    It was touching to see his reaction.

    Congrats!

  10. Drew Oearson, Cliff Harris, and Ed Too Tall Jones all deserve it too.

    And considering what he did (not much) for the pathetic Lions franchise, how about Wayne Fontes?

  11. It was pretty cool seeing his reaction. Wow. He should have gotten in solely for putting up with Jerruh for so long.

  12. One-Eyed Cat says:
    January 12, 2020 at 8:30 pm
    Who’s next? Jeff Fisher? Ray Handley?
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    Jeff is already enshrined within the Hall of Fame that exists in his own mind.

  13. Congratulations, well deserved – the real reason the Cowboys won 3 Super Bowls, living off what he built. Did anybody ask Jerruh if this was OK? He and Junior seem to be NFL spokesman these days.

  14. That was pretty special right there. As a grown ass man that was really nice to see and emotional.
    Congrats Jimmy. You were well deserving of that moment.

  15. The scene of Aikman silently watching the feed from Lambeau and tearing up a little was so poignant.

  16. About damn time. He returned America’s Team to glory with wheeling, dealing and drafting the likes that few of us have ever seen. That someone so unworthy and unaccomplished as Tony Dungheap is already in there almost diminishes this accomplishment but maybe they’ll be a Rooney Rule wing just for coaches with Dung’s “credentials”. Next up should be Coryell, a truly worthy innovator and then Flores.

  17. I think I’ll take a coach who builds a team from the ground up and takes some losses and wins multiple SBs than one who inherits a pretty solid foundation and doesn’t muck it up. Johnson would have had a third with the Cowboys if he didn’t quit.

  18. So happy for him. Those that don’t understand should read his book “Turning the Thing Around” to appreciate the task of making Dallas a winner after so many years of terrible football.

  19. the8man says:
    January 12, 2020 at 8:27 pm
    Take Johnson’s coaching wins, including Super Bowl wins, multiply by 3 and you have Belichick. Amazing.

    000000

    Go figure. The coach who has spent over 25 years as a head coach having more wins than one that coached just 9 years.

    See, math isn’t that hard. Don’t be bitter that your team is going back to being mediocre. Enjoy the past.

  20. Years ago I believe it it was Bill Parcells who said (paraphrasing) a Hall of Famer is a person who impacted the game and you can’t tell the story of the NFL without mentioning their name. That may not apply in every instance, but I think there’s some truth in that statement.

    Jimmy J didn’t coach that long, and his overall record isn’t that impressive. But no coach impacted the NFL more than Johnson did in the first half of the 1990s and you can’t tell the history of the game (or Americas Team) without mentioning his name.

  21. Howiehandleshimself showing all of us just how dim he is. May want to keep that to yourself. As great as JJ was there is no way to know if he would’ve been able to sustain that level of success for another 16 years especially when only he, Halas, Brown and Shula, have such a prolonged and sustained level of success. The great Bill Walsh only lasted 10 years before having had enough of the grind.

  22. I thought the point of this panel was to address the omissions from the past. Johnson and Cowher were both getting in soon enough. It looks like this whole enterprise is just going to be an exercise in publicity, not rewarding great football.

    I guess Coryell will have to wait until the 200th anniversary.

  23. i dont get…cowher and now this guy??? the hall of fame is a joke….guess it dont really matter anyway…

  24. Congratulations to Jimmy Johnson.
    He couldn’t have done it with out Jerry Jones and visa versa.
    They don’t get along well together but they built something special.
    I am not trolling either. Neither one did a thing without the other.
    I moved to Miami from Dallas in Shula’s last year after Jimmy left the Cowboys.
    I watched Jimmy succeed in Dallas and fail in Miami.

  25. Two TV analysts get in live on air and Tom Flores is brought all this way to be left hanging in the wind? The way all this went down just reeks of politics and promotion. I hope Coach Flores is still alive by the time he gets elected. Ken Stabler died without realizing his accomplishment as well as Cliff Branch. Hard not to think that bias is at play here.

  26. Just imagine if Wayne would have allowed Jimmy to trade Marino. The AFC East & football history would be so different. The Dolphins would be a respected franchise.

  27. deathspiralx says:
    January 12, 2020 at 8:44 pm
    Jimmy is a HOF coach.

    Cowher? He was good, but was he great? Not in my book.

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    Both named NFL Coach of the Year once by the Associated Press.
    Johnson has 2 SBs, Cowher has 1.
    Cowher has a higher career winning percentage (.623 vs .556) and never had the benefit of having the star power (particularly on offense) that Johnson did on those SB teams. Johnson’s time in Miami (almost half his time as an NFL coach) wasn’t a great way to end a coaching career.

    HoF is a subjective decision, but it’s not like Johnson was hands-down the better coach here.

  28. I have been a Cane fan since the mid 80s. Loved his attitude and his recruiting. The pure amount of athletes and top end talent he accrued while at the U and Dallas did not go unnoticed. Overall with Dallas, he drafted 18 players who went on to start in Super Bowls, 15 players who were named to the Pro Bowl and three players who eventually were named Super Bowl MVPs. In his four-year tenure with the Dolphins, he drafted four players who went on to a combined 19 Pro Bowls (Zach Thomas, Jason Taylor, Sam Madison and Patrick Surtain), and none of the four was a first-round pick. Per EsPn. The number of eventual HOF draft picks will also further validate JJ induction.

  29. What a farce, the 5 guys celebrations who got in legit are going to have to share the weekend with FIFTEEN others that are getting in because the NFL felt like adding a bunch!! Really cheapens the 5 guys win!~

  30. I’m amazed at all the comments about Johnson deserving to be in, Tom Flores deserving to be in, but not Bill Cowher. As an FYI, Cowher is in the Top 2o all-time for wins with 149. Of those in the top 2o for wins, he has the sixth-best winning percentage of .623 behind Bellicheck .683, Hallas – .682, Shula .677, Paul Brown – .672 and Curly Lambeau – .631.

    Also of those top 20 in wins, he coached the fewest seasons (15) and had the fewest losses (90) and won a Superbowl. All with Bubby Brister, Neil O’Donnell, Mike Tomczak, Kent Graham, Jim Miller, Kordell Stewart, Tommy Maddox and Ben Roethlisberger (First two years) as his Starting QB’s. Now go look up these same stats for Johnson, Flores, etc. and tell me Cowher doesn’t deserve to be in.

  31. David Baker is huge, 6 foot 9 and he weighs 400 pounds, perhaps he was almost to big to play football back when he was young enoguh to play.

  32. I typed Janis Joplin…
    Jimmy Johnson and Janis Joplin
    Same Graduation class of Port Arthur Texas High School… Total of 19 classmates, so they definitely knew each other

  33. What a joke! The guy has an 80-64 coaching record. A .555 winning percentage and that’s HOF worthy?? They’ve made the HOF a popularity contest.

  34. TB12#BLITZFOR7HEAVEN says:
    January 12, 2020 at 8:28 pm
    Very deserving for Jimmy Johnson !! Did a lot for the game , especially the Cowboys!! Jimmys Canton bound yet Jerry Jones refuses to put him in Ring Of Honor !!! Jones looks like a fool
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    And I already saw that jerry was congratulating jimmy on his induction. Jerry just wants to make sure jimmy will be inducted as a cowboy so the jones can make more money off of him.

  35. unbiased3 says:
    January 12, 2020 at 11:05 pm
    I’m amazed at all the comments about Johnson deserving to be in, Tom Flores deserving to be in, but not Bill Cowher. As an FYI, Cowher is in the Top 2o all-time for wins with 149. Of those in the top 2o for wins, he has the sixth-best winning percentage of .623 behind Bellicheck .683, Hallas – .682, Shula .677, Paul Brown – .672 and Curly Lambeau – .631.

    Also of those top 20 in wins, he coached the fewest seasons (15) and had the fewest losses (90) and won a Superbowl. All with Bubby Brister, Neil O’Donnell, Mike Tomczak, Kent Graham, Jim Miller, Kordell Stewart, Tommy Maddox and Ben Roethlisberger (First two years) as his Starting QB’s. Now go look up these same stats for Johnson, Flores, etc. and tell me Cowher doesn’t deserve to be in.

    Cowher was 2-4 in AFC Championship games and lost all 4 at home. That means he had the better team and the home crowd. So 6 chances at a Super Bowl and 1 title. But, he did lose 2 of the games to NE, so no wonder Belicheat voted him in.

  36. Hopefully the rules are bent a little and Tom Flores gets in as a contributor. Sort of like when Dick LeBeau was enshrined as a player, even though his larger contribution was as an assistant coach. Flores won a Super Bowl as a player, assistant coach, and 2 as a head coach. He was also the first Hispanic to do so. His executive career in Seattle leaves a lot to be desired, but his overall value to the league should be forever remembered.

  37. Sort of like when Dick LeBeau was enshrined as a player, even though his larger contribution was as an assistant coach.
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    Lebeau was quite a player and that alone was HOF worthy. In 14 seasons, he had 62 interceptions (tied for 10th all time) and 9 fumble recoveries. At one time he held the record for consecutive games played by a cornerback (171).

    Quite a coaching career as well.

  38. nyctraffic says:
    January 12, 2020 at 8:36 pm
    Yes, 2 SB wins, but the talent on those teams was incredible.
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    You realize it was Johnson that was “buying the groceries” on that roster? He drafted Aikman and traded Herschel walker for what became Emmitt Smith and Darren Woodson (+ many others). Before Jerry got jealous, Johnson was building a dynasty and Barry Switzer should have mailed his Super Bowl ring to Jimmy Johnson the minute he received it. You can’t say “but that team was talented” without acknowledging why it was so talented.

  39. Life long Steeler fan, but I have great respect for this man. I’m so glad that idiot owner fired him. He may have won them 3 or 4 more super bowls.

  40. The standards for coaches getting in are being lowered. It started with Dungy. Great coach yes HOFer no way. JJ is a HOFer but not Cowher. Flores should be in and Don Vorrell from SD before Cowher

  41. fishfan77 says:
    January 12, 2020 at 8:28 pm

    raiderbri100 says:
    January 12, 2020 at 8:23 pm
    Next HAS TO BE Tom Flores
    ——————————–
    I know Flores won 2 Super Bowls, but overall he was mediocre. Mot a HOfer.. 97-87 for his career (averaging 8 wins per season) Did not have a winning season his last five and was 37-59 as a team exec…. No way does he get in..

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    Flores came out of retirement and did terribly with the Seahawks but he’s not the only great HC who did poorly with his 2nd team. Hank Stram was terrible with the Saints after a great stint with the Chiefs.

    Flores deserves to get into the HOF based on his accomplishments with the Raiders. He was 83-53 in the regular season, 8-3 in the playoffs and won 2 Super Bowls in 9 years.

    Perhaps as a Dolphins fan, you dislike Flores because with the Raiders his record was 6-1 vs. Don Shula.

  42. So, if you see David Baker coming up to talk to you, then it’s pretty obvious you just got selected for the HOF.

    Congrats to Jimmy Johnson. Well deserved coming from a Niners fan. Jones looks so petty and foolish for insisting that it was his “amazing” leadership that one the championships and not Johnson

  43. I hated the Jimmy Johnson Cowboys because they were just so damned good. Jimmy Johnson was a great coach for that team.
    It was great seeing him and Bill Cowher be notified the way they were on live tv of their enshrinement to the Hall.
    I do think that some other coaches have been overlooked who should be there ahead of Bill Cowher (Don Coryell, Mike Holmgren, to name two).
    But both Cowher and Johnson were and are great for the NFL and seeing how emotional they were at hearing this news brought a tear to my eyes.
    I only wish many of the players who are playing today had the class and love for the game that these two had and have.
    Congratulations Jimmy and Bill.

  44. Congratulations Jimmy Johnson! You deserve this honor! You turned the Cowboys into repeat Super Bowl champions in 4 years! Just think about that…4 years! You engineered the greatest fleecing of all time with the Hershel Walker trade which you used to develop the team of the 1990s! You were not only a great coach but a great GM! I truly enjoyed watching you coach and ultimately receive this honor! Enjoy!

  45. Love Jimmy! He got it done in brilliant fashion. Then said ‘see ya’ and watched the Coyboys fall apart behind him. Jerry is running an entertainment business, not a winning business.

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