Johnson, who coached the Cowboys to two Super Bowls back in the 1990s, has not yet been included in the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor, despite Jones (seen above putting a Pro Football Hall of Fame ring on Johnson at a game last September) saying he would be last year. The delay here has upset Johnson’s former players, as well as others who think it’s unfair that he hasn’t been included yet. But Jones recently told NBC Dallas-Fort Worth’s Newy Scruggs that he thought Johnson was “sniveling,” and said he’ll decide if and when Johnson will be part of the Ring of Honor.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to @newyscruggs on it seeming very petty that Jimmy Johnson isn’t in the Ring of Honor:
“I get to make that decision. It isn’t at the end of the day all tailored around whether Jimmy is sniveling or not." 👀
— Kevin Gray Jr. (@KevinGraySports) August 1, 2022
“There’s a lot more than Jimmy to think about here,” Jones said.
“I’ve got a lot of other lives out here that have laid a lot on the line on the field that need to be in that Ring of Honor as well. And so how I do that, what I do it with, I get to make that decision. And it isn’t at the end of the day all tailored around whether Jimmy is sniveling or not.”
Jones seems to enjoy not bestowing this honor to Johnson, who had a different take on Jones’ comments.
“I had to look up that word in the dictionary,” Johnson said while responding to Jones’ statement on the Dan Le Batard Show Thursday. “I don’t know that I’ve ever sniveled. Do you ever remember me sniveling? No way.”
Johnson coached the Cowboys from 1989-93, winning back-to-back Super Bowls in those last two years. He then left in a “mutual” parting of ways to join Fox Sports, before later taking over as Miami Dolphins’ head coach in 1996. Around that parting of ways, many cited Jones being upset that Johnson was given Johnson was given more credit for building the Dallas dynasty than he was. Apparently, Jones still doesn’t like Johnson getting the spotlight, even if it’s well-deserved.
When asked if he thought he’d be in the ring of honor someday, Johnson said “never can tell.”