Jerry Jones: Jimmy Johnson's 'sniveling' won't expedite his induction into Cowboys Ring of Honor

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It's been a year since Jimmy Johnson's induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

It's likewise been a year since Jerry Jones finally conceded that the head coach who delivered two of his Super Bowl trophies and laid the groundwork for his third would be inducted into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor. Johnson's still waiting on that call. Jones all but said on Sunday that he shouldn't hold his breath.

Jones sat down for an interview with NBC 5’s Newy Scruggs, who asked the Cowboys owner about Johnson's Ring induction. It's still coming, allegedly. But Johnson has to continue to wait in line.

“It’s BS for anybody to be making anything," Jones said of the perception that Johnson's delayed induction is petty. "I've said I'm gonna 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."

Ok. So when does Jones think Johnson will be inducted? When Jones says so, of course. And no amount of Johnson's "sniveling" will sway him to move faster.

"And so how I do that, what I do it with, I get to make that decision," Jones continued. "And it isn’t at the end of the day all tailored around whether Jimmy is sniveling or not.”

Those don't sound like the words of a man who's buried the hatchet of decades-old beef with a man with whom he's shared life-changing success. Even though this time last year, said beef appeared well on its way to being squashed.

Dallas Cowboys NFL Hall of Fame members Jimmy Johnson and Jerry Jones hug during a halftime presentation of an NFL football game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles in Arlington, Texas, Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)
Jimmy Johnson and Jerry Jones, seen here in September 2021, apparently happier times. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

As Johnson prepared for his Hall induction last August, Jones confirmed on live TV while sitting alongside Johnson and Troy Aikman that, yes, a call to the Cowboys Ring of Honor would would follow.

"It's kind of hard to not recognize this contribution to the story of the franchise," Jones said, while looking at Johnson. ... "He will be in the Ring of Honor."

"While I'm alive?" Johnson retorted to chuckles from the FOX NFL set.

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Johnson's question was a valid one. Jones had long played coy about his induction into the Ring. But Johnson went on to thank Jones during his Hall induction speech as the ice surrounding their relationship appeared to be thawing.

"To go from the worst team in the league two years in a row to winning back-to-back Super Bowls and building a heck of a football team, we did it," Johnson said. "And let me tell you, from the bottom of my heart, thank you, Jerry. Thank you for giving me the opportunity.”

This all came weeks after an emotional Jones acknowledged that he "f***ed" up his relationship with Johnson ahead of Johnson's tumultuous exit from the franchise. Then, in September, Jones personally presented Johnson with his Hall of Fame ring at a ceremony during a Cowboys home game.

But come January, there was still no word on Johnson's induction into the Ring — a fact that Johnson enthusiastically acknowledged on Twitter.

This tweet likely qualifies as "sniveling" in Jones' book. Did it ultimately further delay Johnson's induction into the Cowboys Ring? Time will tell. But we wouldn't put it past Jones if it did.

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