Another Centennial Class inductee revealed; this time it's Jimmy Johnson
Oooops, they did it again.
After saying it would not reveal the Centennial Class of 2020 until Wednesday morning, the Pro Football Hall of Fame for the second consecutive day announced one of the two coaches on national TV. On Saturday, it was Bill Cowher. On Sunday, it was Jimmy Johnson.
Johnson was notified during halftime of the Green Bay-Seattle game when Hall-of-Fame president and CEO David Baker appeared on set to tell him of his election. An analyst for FOX, Johnson at first did not seem to grasp what was happening. When he did, he was emotionally overcome.
"The only thing I can think of," said Johnson, fighting back tears, "is all the assistant coaches that worked for me and all the great players that played for me. They're the reason I'm here … This is so special to me."
In truth, Johnson was no surprise. Cowher, on the other hand, was -- mostly because he never had been a Hall-of-Fame finalist before. Johnson and two others up for the Centennial Class (Don Coryell and Tom Flores) had. In fact, Coryell had been a five-time finalist.
Johnson was a finalist in 2015.
Johnson was head coach of the Dallas Cowboys from 1989-93 and the Miami Dolphins from 1996-99 and compiled an 89-68 overall record. He led the Cowboys to three conference championship games and two Super Bowl victories. He and Cowher were chosen by a blue-ribbon panel of 25 voters specially chosen by the Hall to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the NFL.
Their selections complete the coaching category for the Centennial Class, which is composed of 10 seniors, three contributors and two coaches. The remaining 13 inductees are not expected to be revealed until Wednesday morning on the NFL Network – unless, of course, Baker finds another national TV program between now and then that is hosted by a Centennial Class finalist.