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Jimmy Johnson Not a Hall of Fame Finalist

Johnson built the Dallas Cowboys dynasty in the early 1990s

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Jimmy Johnson, the architect and coach (for the most part) of the Dallas Cowboys’ early 1990s dynasty, was left off the ballot for this year’s Pro Football Hall of Fame vote.

Johnson’s absence isn’t surprising if you take into account that he only coached in the NFL for nine years--he was with the Cowboys for five seasons, and the Dolphins for four--but his accomplishments sure seem to be the stuff of the Hall of Fame.

Of course, Johnson won back-to-back Super Bowls with the Cowboys, in the 1992 and 1993 seasons. He was fired after the 1993 season, after a rift between he and Jerry Jones emerged, and replaced by Barry Switzer. Switzer went on to win the Super Bowl in 1995 with a team built by Johnson (plus Deion Sanders), but lasted just two seasons after that.

After several years off, Johnson returned to coach the Miami Dolphins, and made the playoffs three of four seasons before retiring for good.

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