Former Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins head coach Jimmy Johnson will be inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio in August. Yet, the coolest part of this news may be how Johnson found out.
Soon after FOX cut to their studio halftime show during Sunday’s Seahawks/Packers NFC Divisional playoff game, studio host Curt Menefee informed the crew they had another guest to bring on.
Then, David Baker, President of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, walked out on the set. Baker, who one day earlier informed former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher that he made the Hall of Fame, walked towards Johnson to share the news with him.
Overwhelmed with emotion and surprise, Johnson began to cry as he was joined by fellow TV cohorts Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Tony Gonzalez, and Michael Strahan (all Pro Football Hall of Famers as well).
Johnson addressed the news and thanked all of the assistant players and coaches who helped him achieve this milestone. During Johnson’s speech, FOX cameras cut to Green Bay where Troy Aikman was looking on in tears from the broadcast booth to see his former coach receive the news.
It was brilliant television.
As for Johnson, his induction is long overdue. He revived the previously dormant Dallas Cowboys and helped lead them to back-to-back Super Bowls while coaching in Big D from 1989 to 1993.
After a contentious breakup with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in the spring of 1994, Johnson succeeded Don Shula as head coach of the Dolphins in 1996. During his four seasons in Miami, Johnson led the Dolphins to the postseason in ’97, ’98, and ’99.
Johnson and Cowher are a part of the special Centennial Slate for this year’s Hall of Fame class. It will include 15 members – 10 senior players, three contributors, and two head coaches (Johnson and Cowher).
The remaining members of the Centennial Slate will be announced on Wednesday morning on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football.
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