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Encyclopedia > Jimmy Johnson (football coach)

Jimmy Johnson (born August 14, 1943 in Port Arthur, Texas) is an American football coach and broadcaster. He was the first football coach to win both a NCAA Division 1A National Championship and a Super Bowl. In 1993, Johnson wrote Turning The Thing Around: My Life in Football. Johnson currently lives in Islamorada in the Florida Keys where he spends most of his time fishing. August 14 is the 226th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (227th in leap years), with 139 days remaining. ... 1943 (MCMXLIII) is a common year starting on Friday. ... Port Arthur is a town located in Jefferson County within the Beaumont–Port Arthur metropolitan area and is situated in East Texas. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... A college football game between Colorado State University and the Air Force Academy. ... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ... Islamorada, Village of Islands is a village located in Monroe County, Florida, on an island of the same name in the Florida Keys. ... Palm trees in Islamorada The Florida Keys are an archipelago or cluster of about 1700 islands in the extreme southeast of the United States. ...


Early Life

He went to college at the University of Arkansas, where he was an all-SWC defensive lineman. The University of Arkansas is a public coeducational land-grant university system, with its flagship campus in Fayetteville. ... The Southwest Conference (SWC) was a college athletic conference in the United States, now defunct. ... A defensive lineman is any of the down positions on the defensive side of American football. ...

Early Football Career

Johnson began as a college assistant at the University of Pittsburgh during their run at two national titles during the late 1970's. He coached briefly at Oklahoma State University before taking the head coaching job at the University of Miami. The University of Pittsburgh is a state-related, doctoral/research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... Oklahoma State University, located in Stillwater, OK, is an institution of higher learning founded in 1890 as a land-grant university, known as Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College (Oklahoma A&M). ... The head coach in sports coaching is the coach who is in charge of the other coaches. ... This is an article about the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. ...

University of Miami

Johnson was approached by the University of Miami in 1984 to replace then-coach Howard Schnellenberger who departed for the recently formed United States Football League. Johnson thought twice about replacing Schnellenberger, who had won Miami's first national championship in 1983 but took the job, building on the foundation Schnellenberger started during a time period that came to be known as "The Decade of Dominance." In his five years at Miami, Johnson compiled a 52-9 record, winning one national championship (1987) and playing for a second. Howard Schnellenberger is a prolific American football coach at both the professional and college level. ... The United States Football League was a professional American football league that played three seasons between 1983 and 1985. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Dallas Cowboys

In 1989, Jerry Jones, the new owner of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys, a long-time friend and former University of Arkansas teammate of Johnson's, asked him to be the new head coach, replacing Tom Landry, who had coached the team since its beginning in 1960. In Johnson's first season as coach, the Cowboys went 1-15. However, Johnson's rebuilding of the team soon took off. This was due in part to Johnson's ability to find talent in the draft, and by signing quality players as free agents. Jimmy Johnson served as head coach of the Cowboys from 1989 through 1993. He became only the third man in NFL history to coach consecutive Super Bowl winners, winning Super Bowl XXVII in 1992 and Super Bowl XXVIII in 1993. After the 1993 Super Bowl victory, Jones and Johnson reached a mutual parting of the ways largely due to the fact that Jones was taking most of the credit for the two Super Bowl wins by saying to reporters that any one of 500 coaches could have won those Super Bowls given the type of talent that Jones had drafted and signed for the team. Jones later hired former University of Oklahoma head coach Barry Switzer, who won one Super Bowl for the Cowboys, largely on the basis of the strength of Johnson's players. After that, it has been downhill for the Cowboys as Jones has run through several coaches including Chan Gailey, now the head coach at Georgia Tech, Dave Campo, who coached for three years before going to the Cleveland Browns as the defensive coordinator and then in 2005 going to the Jacksonville Jaguars as an assistant coach. In 2003 Jones lured coaching legend Bill Parcells out of retirement. Parcells has been successful with the Cowboys despite limited talent, leading the team to a playoff berth in 2003 and narrowly missing the playoffs in 2005 when the Cowboys compiled a 9-7 record. 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jerrel Wayne Jones (Born on October 13, 1942 in Los Angeles, California) is the owner of the Dallas Cowboys NFL franchise and the Dallas Desperados AFL franchise. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... City Irving, Texas Other nicknames The Boys Team colors Royal Blue, Metallic Silver, Blue, and White Head Coach Bill Parcells Owner Jerry Jones General manager Jerry Jones Fight song {{{song}}} Mascot Rowdy [2] Local radio Flagship stations: KLUV (98. ... The University of Arkansas is a public coeducational land-grant university system, with its flagship campus in Fayetteville. ... Tom Landry gets a victory ride after the Cowboys beat the Broncos, 27-10, in Super Bowl XII. Thomas Wade Landry (September 11, 1924 – February 12, 2000) was an American football player and coach. ... The University of Oklahoma, often called OU or Oklahoma is an institution of higher learning located in Oklahoma. ... Barry Switzer (born October 5, 1937 in Crossett, Arkansas) is a former American football coach, in the college and professional ranks, between 1962 and 1997. ... Thomas Chandler (Chan) Gailey, Jr. ... Georgia Institute of Technology The Georgia Institute of Technology, or Georgia Tech, is located in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A. With over 16,000 students, Georgia Tech is one of four public research universities in the University System of Georgia. ... Dave Campo is the former head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. ... City Cleveland, Ohio Other nicknames {{{nicknames}}} Team colors Brown, Orange, and White Head Coach Romeo Crennel Owner Randy Lerner General manager Phil Savage Fight song {{{song}}} Mascot CB, Chomps, TD, and Trapper Local radio Flagship stations: WMMS (100. ... City Jacksonville, Florida Other nicknames the Jags Team colors Teal, Black, and Gold Head Coach Jack Del Rio Owner Wayne Weaver General manager James Harris Fight song {{{song}}} Mascot Jaxson de Ville Local radio Flagship stations: WOKV (690 AM) and WJGL (96. ... Duane Charles Bill Parcells (born August 22, 1941 in Englewood, New Jersey), nicknamed The Big Tuna, is an American football head coach for the Dallas Cowboys and is widely regarded as one of the greatest coaches in NFL history. ...

After briefly being a TV analyst, Johnson joined the Miami Dolphins in 1996 replacing legendary head coach Don Shula, who retired at the end of the 1995 season. Johnson also controlled personal decisions while with the Dolphins. Johnson's tenure in Miami was successful, but he did not live up to the expectations. Johnson inherited one the NFL's best offenses, led by Hall of Fame Quarterback Dan Marino, but only a mediocre defense. As a defensive guru Johnson was expected to put together a championship defense to finally give Dan Marino the Super Bowl that had previously eluded him. Johnson proved to be quite talented at scouting defensive players, drafting future pro bowlers Zach Thomas, Jason Taylor and Patrick Surtain. Thomas, a middle linebacker, was a 5th round draft choice who is widely cosidered one of the biggest steals in NFL draft history. But Johnson's draft record is blemished by several high profile first round busts on the offensive side of the ball including running back John Avery (football player) and wide receiver Yatil Green (whose career was ended before it even began by successive knee injuries). Johnson never won a Super Bowl in Miami and retired in 2000 after compiling a 26-21 record in Miami. He was followed by his hand-picked successor Dave Wannstedt who had formerly been the head coach of the Chicago Bears. Wannstedt was Johnson's defensive cordinator in both Dallas and Miami. The Dolphins went 65-40 from 1996 to 2003 with a core group of players assembled by Johnson. Braun HF 1, Germany, 1958. ... City Miami, Florida Other nicknames The Fins Team colors Aqua Green, Coral Orange, Blue, and White Head Coach Nick Saban Owner Wayne Huizenga General manager Randy Mueller Fight song None Mascot T. D. Local radio Flagship stations: WAXY (790 AM) and WNMA (1210 AM) -Spanish Announcers: Jimmy Cefalo and Joe... Shula was the 1993 Sportsman of the Year Donald Francis Shula (born January 4, 1930 in Grand River, Ohio) is an American former professional football coach in the National Football League. ... Daniel Constantine Marino Jr. ... Zachary Michael Thomas (born September 1, 1973 in Pampa, Texas) is an American football player who currently plays linebacker for the Miami Dolphins of the NFL. He attended Texas Tech University. ... Jason Paul Taylor (born September 1, 1974 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA) is an American football player who currently plays defensive end for the Miami Dolphins of the NFL. He attended the University of Akron. ... Patrick Frank Surtain (born June 19, 1976 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a Pro Bowl cornerback for the Miami Dolphins. ... John Avery (born November 1, 1976 in Richmond, Virginia) is a former National Football League running back and a current Canadian Football League player with the Toronto Argonauts. ... Dave Wannstedt (nickname: Wanny)(born May 21, 1952 near Pittsburgh), is the current head coach of the University of Pittsburgh Panthers football team. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner McCaskey Family General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear Local radio Flagship stations: WBBM (780 AM) Announcers: Jeff Joniak...

After leaving the Dolphins, Johnson then became a TV analyst again for Fox Sports, and is currently part of their NFL pregame show. The Fox Broadcasting Company is a television network in the United States. ... FOX NFL Sunday is the pregame show for the TV program The NFL on FOX. FOX NFL Sunday debuted in 1994 with hosts Terry Bradshaw, James Brown, Howie Long, and Jimmy Johnson. ...


  • A little known fact is that Jimmy Johnson was a high school classmate of legendary blues-rock singer Janis Joplin and gave her the high school nickname of "beat weeds", which he mentioned in a 1992 Sports Illustrated profile of his career.
  • Johnson's hair is often a source of humor: heavily starched in a perfect wave, it has been called "helmet hair" for staying in place through wind and weather. His players often took delight in tousing it after victories. However, Johnson has been sporting a looser, spikier hairstyle of late.
  • As a child, Johnson's IQ was tested at near-genius level.
  • During a locker room victory speech with the Cowboys, Johnson became synonymous with the expression, "How 'bout them Cowboys??!!"
  • He recently made a cameo appearance as a bearded prisoner in lockup on the TV series The Shield.
  • Johnson owns two restaurants named "Three Rings" (after the three championships he's won on both collegiate and professional level.) One is located in Miami, Florida, and the other in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Preceded by:
Don Shula
Miami Dolphins Head Coaches
Succeeded by:
Dave Wannstedt
Preceded by:
Tom Landry
Dallas Cowboys Head Coaches
Succeeded by:
Barry Switzer
Preceded by:
Howard Schnellenberger
University of Miami Head Football Coach
Succeeded by:
Dennis Erickson

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Jimmy Johnson (football coach) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (854 words)
Johnson began as a college assistant at the University of Pittsburgh during their run at two national titles during the late 1970's.
Johnson was approached by the University of Miami in 1984 to replace then-coach Howard Schnellenberger who departed for the recently formed United States Football League.
A little known fact is that Jimmy Johnson was a high school classmate of legendary blues-rock singer Janis Joplin and gave her the high school nickname of "beat weeds", which he mentioned in a 1992 Sports Illustrated profile of his career.
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