Jimmy Johnson

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Sports Speaker Jimmy Johnson knows a thing or two about football. He began his career as a lineman at the University of Arkansas, playing alongside teammate and future Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. In 1965, Jimmy transitioned to coaching as an assistant coach at Lousiana Tech University, where the starting quarterback was future Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson. Fast forward to 1979, and Jimmy had obtained his first head coaching job at the Oklahoma State University, and he soon was recruited to be head coach at the University of Miami. By the end of his time at Miami, Jimmy had rose to prominence; he left the school with a 52-9 record, national championship title, and an undefeated regular season in 1986. His accomplishments in the realm of college football led to inductions into the Miami Sports Hall of Fame in 1996 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2012.

Jimmy made his NFL debut as the head coach for the Dallas Cowboys, where he began to work his magic and led the Cowboys to consecutive Super Bowl wins in 1992 and 1993; only six men have accomplished this feat in history, and this list includes other notable coaches Bill Belichick, Don Shula, Vince Lombardi, Chuck Noll, and Mike Shanahan. Distinguished players Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Larry Brown flourished under Jimmy’s guidance playing for the Cowboys, but in 1996, Jimmy became head coach for the Miami Dolphins. He spent three years coaching before retiring, ending his career as the first coach to led a team to both a Super Bowl championship and a major college championship.

Jimmy soon transitioned to film and television, becoming a Fox Sports TV studio analyst; he is now an on-air member of Fox NFL Sunday. After a series of cameo appearances and commercials for his affiliations with Proctor & Gamble, ExtenZe, and BetterTrades, Jimmy competed as the oldest contestant of the season in Survivor: Nicaragua, one of his favorite shows.