Jimmy Johnson is the American football coach and former player, and executive. Jimmy Johnson is the sports broadcaster for ‘Fox Sports’.
Table of Biography
Early Life and Childhood
Jimmy Johnson was born on 16th July 1943 and is currently 77 years old. His zodiac sign is Cancer. Likewise, Jimmy was born in Port Arthur, Texas, United States of America, and is American by nationality. He follows Christianity. He is the son of C.W. Johnson Jr. and Allene Johnson.
However, there is no information about his parents’ names. Likewise, about his siblings, Jimmy has two brothers. However, he has not shared their information but has shared their childhood pictures together in his Instagram account.
Furthermore, reflecting upon his educational background, Jimmy completed his high school from Jefferson High School. It was later renamed as Memorial High School. He was a fellow mate with rock icon Janis Joplin and actor G.W. Bailey. Likewise, for his further education, Jimmy attended the University of Arkansas however, he has not shared the major he chose.
During his college days, he used to play in the college soccer team. Jimmy was an all-Southwest Conference defensive lineman for coach Frank Broyles in the Arkansas Razorbacks football team. Likewise, his teammates were Jerry Jones, Ken Hatfield, Jim Lindsey, Ronnie Caveness, and Loyd Phillips. Moreover, there were other assistant coaches like Hayden Fry, Johnny Majors, and Barry Switzer for Broyles and the Razorbacks while his career in Fayetteville.
Likewise, the 1964 Razorbacks squad further was undefeated and it was later titled as a national champion by the ‘Football Writers Association of America’. Jimmy was given the nickname ‘Jimmy Jumpup’ by his fans for never staying down on the ground for long during football practices or games.
Early Coaching Career
After graduating from college, Jimmy started his career as an assistant coach for Louisiana Tech University in the year 1965. Likewise, he helped Terry Bradshaw to start quarterback in Shreveport, Louisiana. Later he became an assistant coach at Picayune Memorial High School, then Wichita State University. Followed by this in the year 1968 and 1969, he worked under former American football player Johnny Mayor at Iowa State University. Similarly, Jimmy became the defensive line coach under head coach Chuck Fairbanks at the University of Oklahoma.
Furthermore, he worked as a defensive coordinator after returning back to Arkansas through the 1976 season. Likewise, Jimmy worked at the University of Pittsburgh as the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator under Jackie Sherrill. Similarly, he worked as a coach at the University of Miami.
After working for more than a decade as an assistant coach, Jimmy got his first head coaching job in the year 1979 at Oklahoma State University. In this tenure of coaching for five seasons, he led the Cowboys to an 8-4 record and a 24-14 victory over 20th ranked Baylor in the Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl. Moreover, after coaching here he offered was offered as the head coaching job at the University of Miami. Initially, he was confused to take this job but after his friend, Larry Lacewell convinced then Jimmy accepted the head coaching job.
University of Miami
Jimmy replaced the former coach Howard Schnellenberger. With full responsibility, he started his career with a shaky 8-5 record in the first season. This game was a blew of 31-0 halftime which was a loss to Maryland with Frank Reich. Moreover, it included a loss to Boston College of 47—45 immortalized by Doug Flutie’s Hail Mary touchdown pass on the game’s final play.
Likewise, with this, Jimmy brought the modern 4-3 defense predicated on an athletic upfield lineman to the forefront. Similarly, he made a free-wheeling atmosphere for the players to showboat, trash-talk, and run up the score. However, he faced criticism from other teams as ‘Bad Boys of College Football’.
During this time, the school faced the Fiesta Bowl loss along with Miami’s prior two bowl games questioned his capability of winning major games. However, later in the 1987 season, the Hurricanes won the regular season and the School’s second national title too by defeating Oklahoma Sooners.
Meanwhile, Jerry Jones the owner of National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys came with an offer to Jimmy to become the head coach of the team Dallas Cowboys. Likewise, by replacing Tom Landry he re-united with former Miami standout Michael Irvin. In the first season, it was 1-15. However, not in long period, Jimmy developed the Cowboys into a champion-quality team with his amazing coaching skills.
Likewise, he served there from 1989 to 1993 and was one of six men in NFL history to coach Super Bowl winners. His team won two Super Bowls XXVII in 1992 and XXVIII in 1993. However, after a fall out between Jimmy and Jerry Jones, he left the position of head coach in Dallas Cowboys Later he went to work as a TV analyst for the ‘Fox Sports’ for almost two years.
Miami Dolphins and Television career
However, in the year 1996, Jimmy joined the Miami Dolphins after replacing former head coach Don Shula. However, with his lesser wins in the season, he resigned from the post three years later. Moreover, after resigning, Jimmy further rejoined the television career as an analyst in Fox Sports. Similarly, he is the studio analyst for Fox’s coverage for the Bowl Championship Series in January along with Chris Rose as a host.
Likewise, Jimmy has appeared in various Television shows like, ‘Fox NFL Sundays’, ‘Fox NFL’, ‘Fox NFL Pregame’, and ‘The Waterboy’. Furthermore, he has also done endorsements for a company like ‘Procter & Gamble’. Likewise, Jimmy has done a series of a commercial for the product ‘ExtenZe’ in the year 2010.
While his tenure at the University of Miami, Jimmy allowed American footballer Vinny Testaverde’s football jersey number #14 to retire. However, he refused to retire Bernie Kosar’s number #20 as Kosar played one season for Jimmy and made the hurricanes to the national title.
Achievement and Net worth
Throughout his career as a coach in American football history, Jimmy has received many wins and losses in the match. Likewise, he has been inducted into many Hall of Fame like, ‘University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame’ and ‘College Football Hall of Fame’. Moreover, it was announced to induct Jimmy into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on 12th January 2020. Besides this, he was honored with the AP Coach of the Year on 1999 by NFL Honors. Additionally, Jimmy also received the Best Coach ESPY Award in the year 1994.
Jimmy is one of the legends of American football coaching history. He is popular for his career in coaching the NFL and later as a television football analyst. Throughout his career, Jimmy has receive name and fame. His net worth is $40 million.
Jimmy is straight and married to Rhonda Rookmaker. However, he was previously in a nuptial relationship with Linda Kay Cooper and has two sons together, Brent Johnson and Chad Johnson. The relation did not last long and ended in January 1990. Jimmy divorced his first wife shortly after being joining Dallas Cowboys.
Jimmy has a height of 5 feet 7 inches tall (67 inches) and weighs around 72 kg. Likewise, he has fair skin with blue eyes. However, there is no information regarding his body measurements.
Reflecting upon his social media presence, Jimmy is active on Twitter and Instagram. His Twitter account is @jimmyjohnson and has 373.1K followers which he joined in August 2011. Likewise, his Instagram handle is @jimmyhohnson4616 and has 24.9k followers in it.