NEW YORK: Former Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson, who guided the NFL club to a pair of Super Bowl victories, was named on Sunday (Monday in Manila) into the American Football Hall of Fame Centennial Class.
Johnson was told of his upcoming enshrinement Sunday while working as a television commentator the same way former Pittsburgh coach Bill Cowher learned of the same honor a day earlier.
Cowher and Johnson were the only coaches selected to the special group of inductees being made in tribute to the NFL’s nearly completed 100th season.
The remainder of the 15-person group will be revealed Wednesday while the usual five inductees for 2020 will be announced next month at the Super Bowl.
“The only thing I can think of is all the assistant coaches that worked for me, all the great players that played for me, they’re the reason I’m here,” Johnson said.
“This is so special to me because when you put in the work that we put in, it’s nice to know people appreciate it.”
Johnson spent a decade as a college coach, guiding the University of Miami to an undefeated national championship season in 1987.
In 1989, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones hired Johnson to replace legend Tom Landry and become only the second coach in club history.