Thursday, May 17, 2012
Jimmy Johnson: The Greatest Football Coach Of All Time
This year Miami Hurricane and Dallas Cowboy coach Jimmy Johnson will be inducted into the college football hall of fame and if you ask me it's long overdue. Some of you may know him for his commentary on FOX NFL Sunday, his brief stint on Surivor, or his shamelss endorsement of the Extenze product, but make no smitake aboutr it Jimmy Johnson is the most influential coach of the last 25 years.
First and foremost he is the architect of a program that embodied his confident, arrogant, trash talking personality. He fostered a culture built on speed, athleticism, and intimidation. During his tenure at thde UNiversity of Miami (affectionatelty referred to as "The U" in ESPN's 30 for 30 documentary) Johnson won a national championship and flooded the pros with names like Michael Irvin, Vinny Testaverde, Russell Maryland, Brian Blades, Jerome Brown, and Cortez Kennedy. Their impact on the NFL is undeniable and the tradition of recruiting boastful, self expressive, supremely talented players at The U has carried on for two decades.
In addition, Jimmy Johnson is the architect of the Dallas Cowboys of the early 90's. Johnson stocked the Cowboy roster with former Hurricane players and won back to back Super Bowls. Had it not been for a clash of egos with owner Jerry Jones it's safe to say Johnson would have picked up two more Lombarid trophies easy. Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin, and Troy Aikman were unstoppable.
Jimmy Johnson is one of two coaches to win a national championship in college and a Super Bowl in the pros. The other coach on this prestigious list (Barry Switzer) won his Super Bowl with the team Jimmy assembled so I don't give him too much credit. Jimmy Johnson was a pioneer and a maverick who's ability to assess and cultivate talent can't be overstated. I'll leave you with a few of my favorite Johnson quotes.
On recruiting at Miami: You don't come to Miami to be the best player in school history, you come to Miami to be the best player that's ever played your position.
On his life's philosophy: I have two priorities. Number one is football. Number two is raising my sons.
On coaching: Treat a person as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat him as he could be, and he will become what he should be.
Congrats on the Hall Jimmy. It is well deserved.