This Day In Sports History (January 10th) — Jimmy Johnson
It was on this day in 1996 that the Miami Dolphins announced Jimmy Johnson as their new head coach. Johnson replaced legendary Dolphins coach Don Shula, who’s tenure lasted 26 years with the Miami organization.
Before accepting the job with the Dolphins, Johnson led the Dallas Cowboys to back-to-back Super Bowl titles in 1992 and 1993. Despite all of his accomplishment’s with the Cowboys, Johnson and team owner Jerry Jones did not see eye to eye on many things, which ultimately led to coach Johnson’s departure. Jimmy Johnson also enjoyed success at the collegiate level, coaching the Miami Hurricanes to the 1987 NCAA Division I National Championship. However, Johnson would not share similar success with the Dolphins, as he went 36-28 in the regular season and just 2-3 in the playoffs during his four-year stay in Miami.
Jimmy Johnson is currently working in television as an analyst for FOX NFL Sunday’s pregame show. Although there will be more than a few coaching opportunities in the NFL this off-season, do not expect Johnson to be filling any of those spots.
Frank Mahovlich, NHL – Born January 10th 1938 (age 76) in Timmins, Ontario
Willie McCovey, MLB – Born January 10th 1938 (age 76) in Mobile, Alabama
Jake Delhomme, NFL – Born January 10th 1975 (age 39) in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana