FAYETTEVILLE – Former Razorback lineman and assistant coach Jimmy Johnson is one of 17 individuals who will be inducted into the National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday night at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. Johnson is one of three coaches being inducted into the Hall of Fame. In addition, 14 former players are being honored. Johnson will be the 18th former Razorback coach or player to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and the first since Ronnie Caveness was inducted in 2010.
Johnson played on the defensive line at Arkansas from 1962-64 and was a member of the 1964 national championship team. Johnson and his teammates defeated Nebraska 10-7 in the 1965 Cotton Bowl to win the Grantland Rice Award and the national championship from the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). Johnson later served as an assistant coach under legendary Coach Frank Broyles from 1973-76. He was inducted into the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor in 1999.
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Jimmy Johnson was the head coach at Oklahoma State University (1979-83) and the University of Miami (1984-88) amassing a career record of 81-34-3 (.700). He led the Miami Hurricanes to a national title in 1987 with a 20-13 victory over Oklahoma in the 1988 Orange Bowl. Johnson became the only person to win a college national championship as a player and coach and lead a team to a Super Bowl victory when he guided the Dallas Cowboys to victories in back-to-back Super Bowl victories following the 1992 and 1993 seasons. In the NFL, he held the Cowboys head coaching job from 1989-93 and with the Miami Dolphins from 1996-99.Johnson began his head coaching career in Stillwater, Okla., leading the Cowboys to a 29-25-3 mark. He won Big 8 Coach of the Year honors his first year after taking Oklahoma State to a 7-4 record. Under Johnson, the Cowboys participated in the 1981 Independence Bowl and the 1983 Bluebonnet Bowl. He coached 15 First Team All-Big 8 performers during his five seasons with the Pokes.
At Miami, Johnson enjoyed a 52-9 mark in five seasons with five New Year’s Day bowl appearances. During his final four seasons in Miami, he posted a remarkable 44-4 record, including four top 10 finishes and two national title appearances. He earned two National Coach of the Year distinctions while coaching 12 First Team All-Americans. Johnson’s star pupils included future College Football Hall of Famers Bennie Blades and Russell Maryland as well as the school’s first Heisman Trophy winner in Vinny Testaverde. Johnson’s tenure was the genesis of an NCAA-record 58 home-game winning streak, which lasted from 1985-94.
A member of the University of Arkansas, University of Miami, State of Texas and State of Florida Sports Halls of Fame, Johnson supports charities such as The Children’s Health Fund, Malaria No More, City of Hope, and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Johnson, who works as an NFL analyst on FOX, has donated his time visiting troops overseas and hosting a fundraiser for the Gridiron Greats Foundation, which raises money for former NFL players in need of medical assistance.