Following a long wait to the get into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson has received the prestigious honor. Johnson is set to become the 328th inductee into that group in NFL history. That has received some emotional and strong responses from many of his former players that include quarterback Troy Aikman. With Johnson’s Hall of Fame induction now imminent, Aikman is hoping that one thing can happen for his former coaching involving Jerry Jones.
Jimmy Johnson’s Hall of Fame wait is over
Throughout the last several years, Johnson’s name has been tossed around for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but never got significant traction.
That has changed for the 2020 class as he will join former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach as the two coaches that receive the honor. Johnson put together a highly successful NFL career as he helped lead the Cowboys back to prominence, building them into a championship-caliber team.
His first year with the franchise saw them struggle, holding a 1-15 record. The Cowboys followed it up with some vast improvement in the second year, helping him earn Coach of the Year honors. Things truly took off in his final three years with Dallas that saw them reach the playoffs in each campaign that included back-to-back Super Bowl wins in the last two years.
In the five years at the helm with the Cowboys, he held a 44-36 regular-season record along with a 7-1 mark in the playoffs. Johnson coached five Hall of Famers during that span that included Aikman, Smith, Irvin, Larry Allen, and Charles Haley. He finished up his NFL coaching career with his last four years coaching the Dolphins, where he finished with a 36-28 record and never fell below the .500 mark.
Troy Aikman’s one request for Jerry Jones
It’s well known that the internal friction between Johnson and Jones was at the crux of what ended the coach’s tenure in Dallas. That has remained an underlying matter that prevented that extending further in what many believed could have seen a few more Super Bowls for the franchise.
With Johnson finally being elected for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Aikman voiced during a recent interview on 1310 The Ticket that he hopes Jones can put the 76-year-old into the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor.
“He’s going to go in. At some point, Jimmy Johnson will be in the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor,” Troy Aikman said. “I just hope it’s when they’re both alive. It’s a moment that players want, and more importantly, it’s a moment I think the fans want. . . .
“[Johnson] going into the Hall of Fame and then not being in the Ring of Honor I think probably brings about a perception — although, probably not a wrong one — that Jerry probably doesn’t want. So, I would think [Johnson going into the Ring of Honor] will happen pretty soon, and I look forward to it when it does.”
Jones is quite a prideful person, but there’s no denying the fact that Johnson had a significant impact on the franchise’s success. He was a key piece helped construct and guide the Cowboys’ 1990s dynasty that won two Super Bowls under him and the same core added another a year after his departure. It’s an honor that Johnson has earned, and it’s just a matter of Jones giving it to him.
Will Jerry Jones ever do it?
What has become quite apparent over the last couple of decades is that Jones is a person that is hung strong on his pride. That alone could make it difficult for this to come to fruition.
But Johnson’s induction into the Hall of Fame is something that could change things drastically, as it’s something that could build a bridge over their strained relationship. The two worked hand-in-hand together in Dallas that helped create a special stretch in team history.
All of this rests on Jones’ shoulders to make it happen, and it may be a situation that finally gets enough momentum to being put into motion.