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James William ‘Jimmy’ Johnson is a former American Football Coach who works as a sports broadcaster for ‘Fox Sports’

InformationDetail
BirthdayJuly 16, 1943
NationalityAmerican
FamousFootball Players, Sportspersons, Coaches
SpousesLinda Kay Cooper, Rhonda Rookmaaker
Known asJames William Johnson, Jimmy J, Jimmy J., Jimmy Jumpup
Universities
  • University of Arkansas
  • Memorial High School
Birth PlacePort Arthur
GenderMale
Net Worth$40 Million as of Jan 1,2017
Sun SignCancer
Born inPort Arthur
Famous asAmerican football player

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Who is Jimmy Johnson?

Jimmy Johnson is a legendary American football coach who is credited with several awards and championships. Starting as an Assistant coach, Johnson worked through several years before finally being offered the Head Coach position for the National Football League (NFL) Dallas Cowboys. After several years he had a fallout with Jerry Jones and went on to become the head coach for Miami Dolphins. During his coaching the Dallas Cowboys won several championships. Johnson is also the first and one of only two football coaches who have lead teams to both a major college football championship and a Super Bowl winning the latter for two consecutive years. During his career Johnson has coached several famous head coaches including Butch Davis, Norv Turner, Tommy Tuberville, Dave Campo and Dave Wannstedt. He has also won awards acknowledging his career and has been inducted in the Football Hall of Fame. After a successful career he finally retired and associated himself with Fox Sports hosting sports shows. ‘Turning The Thing Around: My Life in Football’ is the book written by him which reflects his life as a football coach and inspires many players and future coaches. Scroll further for more interesting information on this personality

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Childhood & Early Life

Johnson was born on July 16, 1943 in Port Arthur, Texas and studied at ‘Thomas Jefferson High School’ with a strong interest in football.

While attending the ‘University of Arkansas’, he played for the ‘Arkansas Razorbacks’ football team as a lineman. Many of his teammates went on to carve a niche for themselves in the professional football arena.

Career

In 1965, Johnson started his coaching career as an assistant coach at ‘Louisiana Tech University’. The next year he took up the same position at ‘Picayune Memorial High School’ in Picayune, Mississippi.

From 1967-1970 he was assistant coach at several universities like ‘Wichita State University’ and ‘Iowa State University’.

He took up the position of defensive coordinator in 1973 when he returned to Arkansas and continued in this position for the next three years.

In 1977 he joined ‘University of Pittsburgh’ as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. He continued in this position for another year coaching Randy Holloway, David Logan and Al Chesley.

He took up the position of head coach at ‘Oklahoma State University’ in 1979 and coached here for next five years. Then he donned the cap of a head coach at the ‘University of Miami’.

Johnson took up an offer by Jerry Jones to become head coach of the National Football League's ‘Dallas Cowboys’ and continued there from 1989 -93.

After a fallout with Jerry Jones, owner of ‘Dallas Cowboys’ and Johnson’s teammate from the ‘Arkansas University’ team, he left the head coach position. The skilled coach then worked as a TV analyst for ‘Fox Sports’ for almost two years.

In 1996, he joined the ‘Miami Dolphins’ as head coach. However, he recorded lesser wins in the season and after three years he resigned from the post.

After retirement he again returned to ‘Fox Sports’ and is currently seen on ‘Fox NFL Sunday’. He has also made film and television appearances and was seen in the movie ‘The Waterboy’.

He has also been seen in several infomercials and was seen in ‘BetterTrades’ in 2007. The former coach also had a working contract with the American consumer goods giant ‘Procter & Gamble’.

In 2010, he announced that he would be seen in commercials for the male enhancement pill ‘ExtenZe’.

Awards & Achievements

In 1990, he was the winner of the ‘NFL Coach of the Year Award’ from ‘Associated Press’.

He was the only ‘Super Bowl Winning Head Coach’ for two years consecutively for the Super Bowl XXVII and Super Bowl XXVIII held in the years 1993 and 1994 respectively.

In 1996, Johnson was inducted into the ‘University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame’ after a highly successful season.

In May 2012, he was inducted into the ‘College Football Hall of Fame’, which celebrated his career as a Football coach.

Personal Life & Legacy

On July 12, 1963, Johnson exchanged nuptial vows with Linda Kay Cooper and the couple has two sons.

However, the marriage of Johnson and Linda culminated in divorce, in January 1990.

In 1999, Johnson got married for the second time to Rhonda Rookmaaker and presently they reside in their abode at Islamorada, Florida.

Trivia

This famous American Football coach was a classmate of Janis Joplin and attended the same school with her

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Jimmy Johnson awards

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Best Coach/Manager ESPY Award - 1994
NFL Honors - AP Coach of the Year - 1990

Jimmy Johnson biography timelines

  • // 16th Jul 1943
    Johnson was born on July 16, 1943 in Port Arthur, Texas and studied at ‘Thomas Jefferson High School’ with a strong interest in football.
  • // 12th Jul 1963
    On July 12, 1963, Johnson exchanged nuptial vows with Linda Kay Cooper and the couple has two sons.
  • // 1965
    In 1965, Johnson started his coaching career as an assistant coach at ‘Louisiana Tech University’. The next year he took up the same position at ‘Picayune Memorial High School’ in Picayune, Mississippi.
  • // 1967 To 1970
    From 1967-1970 he was assistant coach at several universities like ‘Wichita State University’ and ‘Iowa State University’.
  • // 1973
    He took up the position of defensive coordinator in 1973 when he returned to Arkansas and continued in this position for the next three years.
  • // 1977
    In 1977 he joined ‘University of Pittsburgh’ as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. He continued in this position for another year coaching Randy Holloway, David Logan and Al Chesley.
  • // 1979
    He took up the position of head coach at ‘Oklahoma State University’ in 1979 and coached here for next five years. Then he donned the cap of a head coach at the ‘University of Miami’.
  • // 1989 To 1993
    Johnson took up an offer by Jerry Jones to become head coach of the National Football League's ‘Dallas Cowboys’ and continued there from 1989 -93.
  • // 1990
    In 1990, he was the winner of the ‘NFL Coach of the Year Award’ from ‘Associated Press’.
  • // Jan 1990
    However, the marriage of Johnson and Linda culminated in divorce, in January 1990.
  • // 1993 To 1994
    He was the only ‘Super Bowl Winning Head Coach’ for two years consecutively for the Super Bowl XXVII and Super Bowl XXVIII held in the years 1993 and 1994 respectively.
  • // 1996
    In 1996, he joined the ‘Miami Dolphins’ as head coach. However, he recorded lesser wins in the season and after three years he resigned from the post.
  • // 1996
    In 1996, Johnson was inducted into the ‘University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame’ after a highly successful season.
  • // 1999
    In 1999, Johnson got married for the second time to Rhonda Rookmaaker and presently they reside in their abode at Islamorada, Florida.
  • // 2007
    He has also been seen in several infomercials and was seen in ‘BetterTrades’ in 2007. The former coach also had a working contract with the American consumer goods giant ‘Procter & Gamble’.
  • // 2010
    In 2010, he announced that he would be seen in commercials for the male enhancement pill ‘ExtenZe’.
  • // May 2012
    In May 2012, he was inducted into the ‘College Football Hall of Fame’, which celebrated his career as a Football coach.

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    Jimmy Johnson was born in Port Arthur

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    Jimmy Johnson's spouses is Linda Kay Cooper, Rhonda Rookmaaker

  • What was Jimmy Johnson universities?

    Jimmy Johnson studied at University of Arkansas, Memorial High School

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