Eight men were selected for induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2015 over the weekend, but former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson--one of 15 finalists--was left on the outside looking in.
Johnson spent only nine seasons as a head coach in the NFL, but he won two Super Bowls in that time and was the architect of the Cowboys’ dynasty of the early-1990s. A falling out with Jerry Jones led to Johnson’s departure from Dallas in March of 1994, just after the team had won their second Super Bowl in as many years.
In 1996--after two years away from the game--Johnson took over as head coach of the Dolphins but, in four seasons in Miami, he was never able to reach the level of success he experienced in Dallas.
Johnson’s quarterback in Dallas, Troy Aikman, told 1310-AM The Ticket last week that he believes his old coach belongs in Canton.
“With Jimmy, I believe that he is a Hall of Fame coach,” Aikman said, via the Dallas Morning News. “I know what he meant to our success. There’s guys like myself who are in the Hall of Fame, and a big reason for that is what Jimmy put together, and so I believe that he’s deserving.”
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