Jimmy Johnson was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Centennial Class of 2020 on Sunday during halftime of the Seattle Seahawks vs. Green Bay Packers game.
“The only thing I can think of is all the assistant coaches that worked for me, all the great players that played for me, they’re the reason I’m here,” Johnson said during a live announcement on the FOX halftime show via NFL.com. “This is so special to me because when you put in the work that we put in, it’s nice to know people appreciate it.”
Like Bill Cowher, Johnson was surprised by David Baker, who visited FOX’s set at halftime.
Johnson spent a decade as a head coach in college, as he compiled a 81-34-3 record at Oklahoma State and Miami. He led the Hurricanes to a national championship in 1987, a team that went undefeated.
In 1989, Johnson was hired by the Dallas Cowboys. He won AP Coach of the Year in 1990 and Super Bowls in 1992 and 1993. In five seasons with the Cowboys, he went 44-36 and 7-1 in the postseason.
After Johnson left Dallas, he was hired by the Miami Dolphins in 1996 to replace Don Shula. He took the Dolphins to the playoffs three times in four seasons. He left coaching in 1999 to pursue a career in television, most of which has been as an analyst on FOX NFL Sunday.