Former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson joined tight end Jay Novacek and legendary scout Gil Brandt as leading candidates for induction into the team’s Ring of Honor, according to a published report.
Jean Jacques-Taylor of NBC DFW reported that those three men could be in line to be included in the team’s Ring of Honor, which hasn’t seen a new addition since Darren Woodson in 2015.
Johnson’s once-icy relationship with owner Jerry Jones appears to have thawed, with the former congratulating the latter on his Pro Football Hall of Fame selection last year. Jones then credited the 74-year-old Johnson for his role in the Cowboys’ dynasty.
Johnson coached the Cowboys from 1989-1993 and led the club to back-to-back Super Bowl victories over the Buffalo Bills. He then parted ways with the team due to reported tension with Jones, and the Cowboys won the franchise’s fifth Super Bowl under Barry Switzer soon after.
When asked in 2014 why Johnson was not in the team’s Ring of Honor, Jones told ESPN the following: “Disloyalty … I couldn’t handle the disloyalty.”
In 2017, Jones sang a different tune.
“Yes, it is good with Jimmy Johnson. It’s very good,” Jones said. “Jimmy and I really understand the circumstances. To some degree we have a good feel for each other. I’ve always had to overlook his foils. But he’s had to overlook mine too.”
Brandt spent 29 years with the franchise from 1960-1988 and has continued to be an ambassador for the Cowboys since his departure. He is also a candidate for the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a contributor.
Novacek joined the Cowboys and made an immediate impact, going to five straight Pro Bowls. In his six seasons in Dallas, Novacek had 339 receptions for 3,576 yards and 22 touchdowns.