Did Jimmy Johnson Play in the NFL? is a blog about the former NFL coach’s playing career.
Jimmy Johnson’s College Career
Jimmy Johnson was a highly successful college football coach for the Miami Hurricanes from 1984 to 1988. He then went on to coach in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys from 1989 to 1993.
Johnson’s time at the University of Arkansas
Jimmy Johnson played college football for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks from 1964 to 1967. He started out as a linebacker, but was moved to defensive end his senior year. He was a two-time All-American and helped lead the Razorbacks to an undefeated season in 1964. He was also voted the Outstanding Lineman of the Cotton Bowl that year. After graduation, he was drafted in the fifth round by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Johnson’s time in the NFL
Jimmy Johnson’s NFL career began in 1978 when he was drafted in the second round by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played four seasons with the Steelers, winning a Super Bowl in his rookie year. He then spent three years with the San Francisco 49ers, winning another Super Bowl in his final season with the team. He retired from playing in 1985 and became a coach for the Los Angeles Rams the following year.
Jimmy Johnson’s NFL Career
Jimmy Johnson played college football at the University of Miami, where he won a national championship in 1987. He was then drafted in the first round of the NFL draft by the Dallas Cowboys.
Johnson’s time with the Dallas Cowboys
Upon becoming head coach of the Dallas Cowboys in 1989, Johnson inherited a team that had finished 3-13 the previous season and was in the midst of a 1-15 stretch over the past two years.Johnson then led the team to consecutive victories in Super Bowls XXVII and XXVIII, becoming the second head coach after Tom Landry to win consecutive Super Bowls with the same team.
Johnson’s time with the Miami Dolphins
Jimmy Johnson’s time with the Miami Dolphins was short-lived, but it was successful. He led the team to an 8-8 record in his first season and then to a 12-4 record in his second season. The team made the playoffs both years, but they lost in the first round both times. After the second loss, Johnson retired from coaching.
Jimmy Johnson’s Post-NFL Career
After winning two Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys, Jimmy Johnson retired from coaching in 1999. He then went on to have a successful career as a television commentator and analyst. He currently works for Fox NFL Sunday.
Johnson’s time as a commentator
After his departure from the Dallas Cowboys, Johnson worked as a commentator for Fox NFL Sunday for fourteen years. In this role, he provided analysis of NFL games and was part of the show’s satirical skits with fellow analysts Howie Long, Terry Bradshaw and Michael Strahan. He also occasionally appeared on Good Morning America during this time. In 2012, it was announced that Johnson would be joining the staff of Fox Sports 1 as a contributor for professional and collegiate sports.
Johnson’s time as a head coach
Jimmy Johnson’s time as a head coach in the NFL was by far the most successful of his career. His teams won two Super Bowls and made the playoffs six times in eight seasons. However, Johnson’s success was not without its share of controversy. He was known for being a bit of a volatile coach, and his confrontational style often rubbed players and fellow coaches the wrong way. Despite his controversial persona, there is no denying that Jimmy Johnson was one of the most successful coaches in NFL history.