“I had to look that word up in the dictionary,” laughed Johnson. “I don’t know if I’ve ever whined. Do you remember me whining? Certainly not.”
The 79-year-old former Cowboys coach, who guided the Jones-owned team to back-to-back Super Bowl victories before their breakup prompted his stunning departure in 1994, was responding to a question about comments made by Jones several days earlier. In an interview with Dallas-Fort Worth station KXAS-TV, Jones was asked about not putting Johnson in the team’s Ring of Honor – an apparent holdover from their decades-old feud. decades that Jones said had passed as “very mean-spirited” to many observers — though he bestowed that degree of franchise immortality on several other prominent members of Dallas’ 1990s dynasty.
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“It’s BS for anyone to do anything [of it]. I said I was going to bring him in,” Jones replied then. “Now when I put it on, and the circumstances and what I do with it, there’s a lot more than Jimmy to think about here. I have a lot of other lives here who have put a lot on the line and need to be in that ring of honor as well. And so how I do it, what I do it with, I can make that decision.
“It’s not, ultimately, all about whether Jimmy is whining or not.”
Johnson’s subsequent appearance on Le Batard’s show came hours before the annual NFL Hall of Fame game and a year after the ex-coach enjoyed his own induction in Canton, NFL. ‘Ohio. On a Fox Sports pregame show ahead of the Hall of Fame exhibition contest last August, Johnson and Jones sat together on a panel that included the Hall of Famer and personality of the television Terry Bradshaw, who asked Jones when the Cowboys owner would give Johnson the team’s long-awaited consecration. Jones didn’t provide a specific date but confirmed that Johnson “will be in the Ring of Honor.”
“As long as I’m alive?” Johnson joked.
On Thursday, Johnson referenced that trade when asked if he thought Jones would put him in the Ring of Honor before he “passed away.”
“He told me half a dozen times he’d put me in it,” Johnson said of Jones. “That’s why I said, ‘In my lifetime?’ We never know. It’s his decision.
Noting that being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame was the “ultimate” honor he could receive, Johnson added: “I’m happy where I am. I don’t have deep feelings, like, ‘Oh, I have to do this, I have to do that.’ ”
Amid his show of contentment and good spirits over the outbreak of their long-running feud, Johnson couldn’t resist a punch at Jones’ well-known penchant for the spotlight.
“The only thing is, if he does,” the ex-coach said of Jones who eventually put him in the team’s Ring of Honor, “everyone will stop playing.” ‘talk about.”