Dallas Cowboys

November 20, 2013

Former Cowboys coach clears Hall of Fame semifinals

Jimmy Johnson among 25 semifinalists for Class of 2014.

Former Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson made the semifinal list for the Pro Football Hall of Fame for the first time.

Johnson, who retired after the 1999 season, won two Super Bowls with the Cowboys. He went 89-68, including the postseason, in his nine seasons in the NFL with the Cowboys and the Dolphins.

Johnson joined one of his former players on the list of 25 modern-era semifinalists announced Wednesday night.

Defensive end Charles Haley made the semifinal list for the ninth time. He is a four-time finalist.

The selection committee reduced the ballot from 126 to 25, with linebacker Derrick Brooks, coach Tony Dungy, receiver Marvin Harrison and tackle Walter Jones the only first-year eligible candidates making the cut.

Guard Steve Wisniewski, drafted by the Cowboys in the second round in 1989 but traded to the Raiders the same day, joined Johnson in making the semifinal list for the first time despite being previously eligible.

Selectors will reduce the modern-era candidates to 15 by mail ballot, with an announcement of the finalists Jan. 8. They will join the two previously announced seniors candidates, punter Ray Guy and defensive end Claude Humphrey, on the final ballot.

The 2014 Hall of Fame class will be picked Feb. 1.

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