We all know the history of the Dallas Cowboys feud between Jerry Jones and Jimmy Johnson. After the pair won a couple of Super Bowls together, they parted ways in a hurry and Jones hired Johnson’s college football rival to replace him. However, the specifics around why their partnership ended have been closely guarded, until now.
Was it a clash of egos? or something else? In a recent interview, Johnson explained what was the final straw that ended his relationship with Jones and the Cowboys.
“[Jerry is] a passionate, hardworking guy,” Johnson told WFAA. “One of the smartest businessmen I’ve ever known. And I consider him a friend. But I never know how the relationship is one day to the next.”
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Johnson said that what ended their relationship was Jones’s thirst for recognition and jealousy of the football coach.
Jones had said that he could find 500 coaches who could have taken those Cowboys teams to the Super Bowl, a comment that really hurt Johnson.
“That hurt,” Johnson said. “I was very, very proud of what we accomplished. And for him not to respect that, that hurt me, and I don’t know that I’ll ever get over that hurt.”
“For him to say that and he apologized the next day but that cut pretty deep,” Despite Jones’ apology, it was too little too late, and Johnson and Jones later decided to part ways.
Former Cowb0y players have said over the years that they always thought they could have won more Super Bowls had Johnson remained with the team.