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Emmitt Smith Says Jimmy Johnson Belongs in Cowboys Ring of Honor

Johnson led Smith and the Cowboys to two Super Bowl Championships in the early 90s



    Emmitt Smith sees some similarities between the current Dallas Cowboys squad and the one with which he won three Super Bowls, but not all of them--and that is presumably why the current team has seen little postseason success where Smith’s teams were perennial contenders.

    For one thing, Smith is quick to point out that the early- to mid-90s Cowboys were led by Jimmy Johnson, a man that the NFL’s All-Time Leading Rusher believes should be in the Cowboys Ring of Honor.

    “Why not? He deserves to be there,” Smith said, per the Dallas Morning News. “That’s up to Jerry to make that decision. But as much as Troy (Aikman) and myself and Michael (Irvin) and Charles (Haley) and all of us appreciate being in the Ring of Honor, you got to ask yourself, ‘What’s the criteria for being in it?’

    “I think for Jerry Jones, when he first bought the Cowboys, 1-15 was not something he really wanted to have, and he brought Jimmy in to fix all that. And Jimmy did what he was supposed to do. He delivered two Super Bowl rings within a five-year time frame. That’s pretty much unheard of. Does he deserve to be in the Ring of Honor? I think so.”

    Of course, it is Jerry’s decision, and he and Johnson didn’t exactly part on amicable terms. Which means it could be awhile before Johnson sees his name alongside those of Smith and the other Triplets at Cowboys Stadium.

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