Jimmy Johnson and Jerry Jones, as media reports noted Monday, will on the stage together at the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in August.
The former Dallas Cowboys head coach will be in Canton, Ohio, on the first weekend of August as the presenter for former Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor, part of the Hall Class of 2017.
Jones, who reignited a Cowboys dynasty after buying the franchise and installing Johnson as head coach in 1989, will be inducted in the contributor class.
Also in the seven-person class: running back LaDainian Tomlinson, the former TCU star, along with kicker Morten Andersen, running back Terrell Davis, safety Kenny Easley and quarterback Kur Warner.
The enshrinement ceremony is Aug. 5. The Cowboys play in the Hall of Fame exhibition game Aug. 3. The team’s owner and general manager has yet to announce his presenter.
At least we know it won’t be Jimmy; the hatchet isn’t buried that deep.
“I really took my time with this decision, but the more I thought about it, the same name always goes to the top of the list,” Taylor said, via the Miami Herald. “So I’m excited and honored to tell you that my presenter this August will be the guy that believed in me from Day One.”
Taylor added: “Coach, thank you, and I look forward to seeing you in Canton.”
Johnson was head coach of the Dolphins in 1997 and “he took a chance on an undersized defensive end and never looked back,” Taylor said in a video explaining why he asked Johnson to present him. “He gave me the opportunity of a lifetime.”
Johnson was in his second year as the Dolphins head coach in ’97. It was three years after a March 1994 utterance by Jones just two months after a second consecutive Super Bowl title that the Cowboys had so much talent “any one of 500 coaches could have won those Super Bowls.”
Johnson reportedly had said about Jones: “My girlfriend knows more about football.”
The nasty feud seemed to be forgotten when the two were friendly together in Dallas at the 25th anniversary reunion for the 1992 team that won the Super Bowl.
Johnson took Taylor, out of Akron, in the third round with the 73rd overall pick in ’97.
How did Johnson do with the Dolphins? As a successor to Don Shula, not all that well: Miami was 8-8 his first season, then went 9-7, 10-6 and 9-7 in 1999. Johnson resigned the day after a crushing 62-7 playoff loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.