In 2021, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones declared that the team’s two-time Super Bowl-winning coach, Jimmy Johnson, would be honored in the franchise’s Ring of Honor. As you know, things can change quickly with Jones.
Newy Scruggs of NBCDFW asked Jones a question about Johnson on Sunday, telling the owner it seemed “very petty” for the former head coach not to be in the Ring of Honor.
“It’s BS for anybody to be making anything (of that),” Jones said. “I’ve said I’m going to put him in. Now, when I put him in, and the circumstances and what I do with that, there’s a lot more than Jimmy to think about here, and I’ve got a lot of other lives out here that have laid a lot on the line on the field that need to be in that Ring of Honor as well. And so how I do that, what I do it with, I get to make that decision, and it isn’t at the end of the day all tailored around whether Jimmy is sniveling or not.”
Jones reportedly got a little heated at the end of the interview.
Johnson hasn’t coached the Cowboys since 1993. His relationship with Jones ended when they agreed to split after the Cowboys repeated as Super Bowl championships. The Cowboys won a third Super Bowl in the decade, in 1995, with Barry Switzer as the head coach.
“I’ll be very sensitive and be very appreciative of what Jimmy is, but it’s too much to say, ‘Well, that is the thing that gets up and goes to bed at night when we think about the Ring of Honor’ as to Jerry and Jimmy’s relationship,” Jones said. “Jerry and Jimmy were two of the luckiest guys that’s ever been on this earth to get to be sitting here having this talked about if you want to know the truth about it.”
Jones did present Johnson his Hall of Fame ring during halftime of a game last season.