Jerry Jones disputes Jimmy Johnson’s claim that the Cowboys owner was reluctant to trade Herschel Walker. In fact, Jones insists it was his idea.
“I was visiting about trading Herschel Walker weeks before we ever started directly talking about it,” Jones said on his weekly radio show on KRLD-FM. “So anybody that has any thinking that it was their unique idea…. There were a lot of different ways, a lot of ways of thinking coming up with did Herschel, was Herschel? Was he the future? What direction were we going to go? Those kinds of things. The reason I’m saying this is you mentioned Jimmy. We didn’t have any of this B.S. at that time. Both of us felt so lucky to get up in the morning and be here. We were hemming and hawing and working together, not worrying about who was doing what. I’ll tell you this: We had our sleeves rolled up, and we were working, doing everything we could to help build this team.”
In a new ESPN “30 for 30,” The Great Train Robbery, Johnson said Jones was against trading Walker.
“When I told Jerry that we were going to trade Herschel Walker, he was kind of astonished,” Johnson said in the short film. “He said, ‘Really? You can’t get rid of Herschel Walker. We won’t score a point if we don’t have Herschel Walker.’”
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The Cowboys used the picks acquired in the trade with the Vikings to get Emmitt Smith, Alvin Harper, Dixon Edwards and Darren Woodson, among others, on their way to three Super Bowl titles in the 1990s.