Jerry Jones had nothing but good things to say about former Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson during his Hall of Fame speech on Saturday.
Jones doubled down on that Sunday, saying Johnson also deserved a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame during an enshrinees’ roundtable event.
That should come as no surprise, of course, as Johnson has reached finalist status for the Hall of Fame before and was a semifinalist last season. Johnson has impressive credentials, turning a 1-15 Cowboys team in 1989 into a back-to-back Super Bowl winner in 1992 and 1993.
Jones and Johnson, teammates at Arkansas before their NFL days, had an unceremonious split after the 1993 championship, but those wounds appear to have healed in time.
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But who else does Jones feel deserves enshrinement? None other than Johnson’s successor, Barry Switzer.
Switzer, another college teammate of Jones, led the Cowboys to a Super Bowl win in 1995. But Switzer coached only four years in the NFL before Jones fired him after a 6-10 season in 1997.
Switzer, who won three national titles at Oklahoma, compiled a 40-24 regular season record. Johnson, meanwhile, went on to coach the Dolphins and walked away with a career record of 80-64.
Jones pointed out that Johnson and Switzer were the only two coaches to win national championships at the college level and a Super Bowl at the pro level at the time. Seattle coach Pete Carroll is also on that list now.
In mentioning Johnson and Switzer as two people he’d like to see enshrined, Jones told a story of how former commissioner Paul Tagliabue wanted Jones to head a seminar on how to hire coaches with his success.
Jones quipped that he’d only hired former teammates.
“I said, Paul, Mr. Tagliabue, I need to be sitting in the audience,” Jones said, laughing. “I’d run out of teammates before coaches.”
The entire class of 2017 mentioned people who they feel should be in the Hall of Fame. Former TCU running back LaDainian Tomlinson gave the nod to his presenter and longtime fullback, Lorenzo Neal.