This Day In Sports History (February 25th) – Jerry Jones Fires Tom Landry
It was on this day in 1989 that Dallas Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones fired long time legendary head coach Tom Landry. Landry was the first and only coach the franchise ever had. He coached for 29 years (1960-1988) and made five trips to the Superbowl, winning two titles. He also led the team to a remarkable 20 consecutive winning seasons.
Former University of Miami head coach Jimmy Johnson was named as Landry’s replacement. He was a long time friend and former teammate of Jones at the University of Arkansas. During his first year in charge, the Cowboys finished a woeful 1-15 , but just a few short years later he was leading them to the first of back-to-back championships. Although he was not the coach in 1995 when Dallas won their third Superbowl in four years, much of the team that Johnson had built remained the same.
Paul O’Neill, MLB – Born February 25th 1963 (age 51) in Columbus, Ohio
Anton Volchenkov, NHL – Born February 25th 1982 (age 32) in Moscow, Russia
Joakim Noah, NBA – Born February 25th 1985 (age 29) in New York City, New York