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Jimmy Johnson: Being a "Survivor" Tougher Than Being A Super Bowl Coach

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    Shortly before Jimmy Johnson was fired as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys in the winter of 1994, owner and general manager Jerry Jones drunkenly remarked that any one of 500 coaches could have accomplished a Super Bowl victory with that team--implying in not unclear terms, that it was easy.

    There’s no doubt this was mere whiskey talk, of course. Winning a Super Bowl is never an accomplishment to be scoffed at. Then again, according to Johnson, who was voted off of Survivor: Nicaragua last Wednesday, that winning the Super Bowl was easier than participating on that particular reality show at his age.

    The conditions are a lot better as a Super Bowl coach,” Johnson said, per People Magazine. “Before the game, you have plenty of food and clean water and you get a good night's rest in a bed. You have toilets and clean clothes. We had none of that in Nicaragua.

    “So, not only are you doing all the physical activities of challenges and building shelter and dealing with the stress and strategy of the game, but you are doing it sleep deprived on an empty stomach. And I did it at 67 years old. Had I been out there at 27, I think it would have been less difficult.”

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