Jerry Jones still has ‘no timeline’ on adding Jimmy Johnson to Ring of Honor
Beloved former Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson has done a lot in his career. He was a successful collegiate coach. In nine seasons as an NFL head coach, he won two divisional titles, took his teams to six playoff appearances, and won two Super Bowls. From there, he went on to become a studio analyst for FOX Sports and a longstanding member of the hit show FOX NFL Sunday. His achievements even earned him an induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2021.
Yet, after over 28 years, the former head coach still hasn’t been added to the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor.
Regardless of the fact that Johnson clearly deserves to be a part of the prestigious group, the idea that the 78-year-old received his gold jacket before his Ring of Honor nod is a bit absurd. The man turned the Cowboys from a 1-15 squad to a 7-9 team in just one season. He had Dallas in the playoffs one year later.
After that, he led his group to back-to-back Super Bowl wins in 1992 and 1993. Apparently, that isn’t enough for Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to think more thoroughly into adding him.
What makes this worse is that Jones previously promised (on national television by the way) Johnson that he would make it into the Ring of Honor. This happened almost a year ago when Jones and Johnson were celebrating and chatting on-air ahead of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game last August.
Almost 365 days later and Jones still allegedly has no imminent plans to add the man who was his first hire as the Cowboys owner. Reporter Mark Lane was there when Jones was asked about the situation and got an exact transcription of the owner’s “reasoning.”
Almost a year later, Jerry Jones has no imminent plans to induct Jimmy Johnson into the Cowboys Ring of Honor
“Nothing determined out there at all. That’s something that I’ve never really decided upon almost until a week or two before I do it,” Jones said when asked.
When reminded of his previous statements in the video below from last August, Jones still had no real answer.
“I understand that. I really understand that would be a part of the question, but the answer is I don’t have a timeline,” Jones argued.
You’d think the decision to induct the coach that put this franchise back on the map would get more than “a week or two” worth of thought. The only thing supporting Jones’s indecision is the fact that it’s been almost four years since the last person was added to the group. Gil Brandt’s induction was on November 29, 2018.
While being semi-forced to agree to make the announcement on live national television, Jones subtly said that his former head coach would be added. Unironically, Johnson added, “while I’m alive?!”
Cowboys fans are not happy with Jones regarding this decision. His resume is foolproof and he’s only getting older. What is the holdup?