It was just this season that Jimmy Johnson learned he will enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It’s a well-deserved honor for the decorated former coach. But how exactly did he earn it? Why was Johnson’s contribution to the game so great?
Let’s look at Johnson’s career, both before and after his time as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, as well as the net worth he’s amassed.
Jimmy Johnson’s career as head coach
Johnson’s first recognition on the national stage came as the head coach of the University of Miami Hurricanes in the ’80s. In his final three seasons at the helm in Coral Gables, Johnson finished with at least a No. 2 ranking each year and also won the 1987 national title.
According to Miami fan site The State of the U, his teams set records for consecutive victories overall (36) and consecutive road wins (20). They also won 58 consecutive games at home — also an NCAA record. Johnson then moved to the NFL, where according to Pro Football Reference he had a head coaching record of 80-64.
In 1989, Johnson was hired by his University of Arkansas teammate Jerry Jones to coach the Dallas Cowboys. He got off to an inauspicious start with a 1-15 record in his first season. Things picked up from there. The team traded running back Herschel Walker to acquire multiple draft picks. They also selected future Hall of Famers like Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvin.
With a roster stacked with talent, they won two Super Bowls under Johnson in 1992-93 and 1993-94. Johnson left the Cowboys after multiple disagreements with Jones over how to manage the team. After a brief stint in the studio, Jones returned to go 36-28 in four seasons with the Miami Dolphins before retiring from coaching for good.
Johnson’s post-coaching career
Following his departure from the Cowboys, Johnson joined the NFL on Fox studio team in 1994 during their flagship season. He stayed in that role for two seasons before the Dolphins pulled him back to the sideline. After his tenure in Miami ended, he returned to Fox in 2002 where he’s served ever since.
Johnson is one of the most respected names in sports broadcasting, unafraid to criticize anyone, including his former team. Whereas many networks rotate people in and out for their studio shows, he’s been a steady presence in the Fox booth for the better part of two decades. He’s still a part of the original team that included Howie Long and Terry Bradshaw and now includes Curt Menefee and Michael Strahan.
That gives Johnson over 20 years of broadcasting experience to go along with his extensive time spent coaching. Not only has he gained quite a bit of expertise in that time, but he’s also acquired a considerably high net worth.
What is Jimmy Johnson’s net worth?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Johnson’s net worth is estimated to be $40 million. Johnson’s original Cowboys’ contract was a 10-year deal with an undisclosed salary. His Dolphins deal was a four-year deal worth $8 million.
Along with his coaching and broadcasting career, Johnson has also been a motivational speaker and celebrity endorser. Johnson’s stature is only likely to grow thanks to his induction to Canton. The Fox Sports team captured Johnson’s emotional reaction to the news of his induction. It was clear that the honor meant a lot to him.
The news only solidifies Johnson’s standing in the pro football world — more speaking engagements and endorsements may come his way as a result of it.