Jimmy Johnson Elected to the Hall of Fame as Member of the Class of 2020
Former Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins Coach JIMMY JOHNSON has been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a member of the Centennial Slate for the Class of 2020. The Hall’s President & CEO David Baker surprised Johnson tonight in studio with the life-changing news live on FOX’s NFL halftime show during the network’s broadcast of the Seattle Seahawks divisional matchup against the Green Bay Packers.
Former @dallascowboys head coach @JimmyJohnson has been elected to the @ProFootballHOF as a member of the Class of 2020.— NFL (@NFL) January 13, 2020
Incredible moment as he finds out he is now a Hall of Famer. #PFHOF20 (via @NFLonFOX) pic.twitter.com/EydJ1GDX8Y
Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers head coach BILL COWHER was notified in a similar fashion last night on the set of CBSs’ “THE NFL TODAY” pregame show.
A special Blue-Ribbon Panel met at the Hall of Fame in Canton this past Wednesday to elect the Centennial Slate. This is the first time any members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame were elected during a selection meeting held at the Hall in Canton.
The Centennial Slate includes 10 Seniors (players who last played more than 25 seasons ago), three Contributors (an individual other than a player or coach), and two Coaches (who last coached more than five seasons ago) and were voted on from a list of 38 Finalists. The Centennial Blue-Ribbon Panel carefully scrutinized nearly 300 nominees in the process.
The remainder of the 15-person Centennial Slate for the Class of 2020 will be revealed live on Good Morning Football next Wednesday, Jan. 15 beginning at 7 a.m. ET on NFL Network.
The Class of 2020 will consist of 20 members. An additional five members will be added to the Class of 2020 on “Selection Saturday,” the day before Super Bowl LIV, when the Modern-Era Player Finalists are voted on by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee.
Johnson served as the head coach for the Dallas Cowboys for five seasons (1989-1993) and the Miami Dolphins for four seasons (1996-99) and posted an 89-68-0 overall record. He turned a Cowboys team, that posted a 1-15 record in 1989, into a Super Bowl Champion in just two seasons. Johnson led the Cowboys to three playoff appearances and two Super Bowl victories – Super Bowls XXVII and XXVIII – and led the Dolphins to three postseason appearances.
CLASS OF 2020 GEAR
Exclusive Pro Football Hall of Fame gear for the members of the Class of 2020 will become available as the enshrinees are revealed. Fans can now purchase special Johnson t-shirts and hats at https://www.profootballhof.com/store/class-of-2020/