It’s July of 2022 and beloved former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson is still not in the Cowboys Ring of Honor. Apparently, being in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and bringing a franchise two Super Bowl victories isn’t enough to be part of the group.
Last year, during FOX’s Hall of Fame coverage in Canton, Ohio, Jerry Jones said — on national television — that he would add the coach who helped boost his franchise to the Ring of Honor. It’s been almost 365 days and not a thing has changed.
The most ironic part about that moment was that Johnson had to ask Jones, “while I’m alive?”, and it’s starting to feel like what Johnson posed as a joke may not actually happen. Despicable.
Last month, Jones said he had no timeline or update for Johnson’s addition to the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor. When asked about it at training camp this week, the new answer was almost even more disrespectful.
Jones simply said he “doesn’t have time” for it. A full quote where the GM does his usual spinning of the truth and trying to talk himself out of things is in the tweet below:
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones still refuses to give an update about Jimmy Johnson’s addition to the Ring of Honor
Look. To Jones’s credit… it’s not like he has nothing on his plate. He’s trying to get his team back to a Super Bowl for the first time in 27 years. But to continue to throw disrespect at a guy who took your team from 1-15 to 7-9 in one year and led your team to back-to-back Super Bowls is beyond egregious.
There was clearly a riff in the relationship with Jones when Johnson ultimately left the organization, but that doesn’t take away what the coach did for this team. Calling adding Johnson to the Ring a “nice gesture” to help mend the relationship doesn’t even seem fair given his resume, but it certainly would help, especially after Jones guaranteed it to him almost a year ago.
Fans aren’t happy about the lack of a Cowboys dynasty since the 1990s, but they certainly aren’t happy about this either. It’s a bit ridiculous at this point.