Although Jerry Jones had previously offered to place Jimmy Johnson’s name on the Dallas Cowboys’ prestigious Ring of Honor, the Super Bowl-winning head coach has yet to see his name alongside other legends of the team in the AT&T stadium’s façade.
Jones said that it was “very petty,” that Johnson has not been included in the Ring of Honor. Let’s just say the billionaire did not enjoy being put on the spot.
“It’s BS for anybody to be making anything (of that),” Jones said. “I’ve said I’m going to put him in. Now, when I put him in, and the circumstances and what I do with that, there’s a lot more than Jimmy to think about here, and 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.”
It is no secret that Jones & Johnson have not had the best relationships. Their dispute began in 1993 when Johnson decided to leave the Cowboys. He had won back-to-back titles with them in 1993. It’s been a complete change.
Jones insists that Johnson’s relationship with Jones should not be the final word on Johnson’s legacy to the Cowboys.
“I’ll be very sensitive and be very appreciative of what Jimmy is, but it’s too much to say, ‘Well, that is the thing that gets up and goes to bed at night when we think about the Ring of Honor’ as to Jerry and Jimmy’s relationship,” Jones said. “Jerry and Jimmy were two of the luckiest guys that’s ever been on this earth to get to be sitting here having this talked about if you want to know the truth about it.”
It is never a good idea for Jerry Jones to ask questions about a contentious topic directly to his face. The Cowboys owner didn’t seem to appreciate the call out and he certainly went off with a long tirade here. It remains to be seen if this will affect Johnson’s Ring of Honor induction.