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NFL legend Jimmie Johnson sheds light on Jerry Jones relationship: ‘When we started winning, things changed’

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Jimmie Johnson touched on his relationship with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones while talking about his memoir, “Swagger: Super Bowls, Brass Balls, and Footballs.”

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Johnson came from University of Miami to coach the Cowboys in 1989 when Jones bought the team and fired icon Tom Landry. Johnson was 1-15 in his first season as an NFL head coach, but a handful of clever moves brought the team great success, including back-to-back Super Bowls in 1992 and 1993.

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and presenter Jimmie Johnson pose with a statue of Jones during the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Tom Benson Hall of Fame on August 5, 2017 in Canton, Ohio.
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However, conflict between Johnson and Jones became more apparent prior to the start of the 1994 season, and led to Johnson’s exit from the organization. Since then, Johnson has been a Hall of Famer and in 2021 Jones will agree to place Johnson in the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor. In the end, that hasn’t happened yet.

Johnson appeared “Fox and Friends” On Wednesday, he was asked about his relationship with Jones.

“I said in the book, I started the chapter on Jerry, and I said, ‘People don’t really understand our relationship for the simple reason — I don’t understand our relationship. “When we were together, everything was 100%, we were happy, cuddling, one thing or the other. But there was struggle and there was tension at the end of my career with Dallas,” he told co-host Steve Ducey.

Johnson recalled the moment he met Jones when the billionaire bought the organisation.

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Jimmy Johnson, left, announces his resignation as head coach of the World Champion football team, the Dallas Cowboys, at a press conference at the team's Valley Ranch headquarters in Irving, Texas.

Jimmy Johnson, left, announces his resignation as head coach of the World Champion football team, the Dallas Cowboys, at a press conference at the team’s Valley Ranch headquarters in Irving, Texas.
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“You see, when Jerry was buying the Cowboys, I remember it was yesterday. We were in his car and he said, ‘Jimmy, you’re in charge of the football, I’m in charge of the money and we’re going to make sports history. ‘” Well we made sporting history, everything went well for a long time and then all of a sudden we started winning and then when we started winning things changed a bit. It started to get a little tense.

“People say, ‘He interfered too much.'” No, he did not interfere. It’s just that when we started winning, he wanted to be more in the spotlight. I was proud of what we accomplished. Maybe I didn’t want to share it. I was wrong about a lot of it. I should have shared it more. “

Johnson said his book talks about the sacrifices and struggles that came with winning the Hurricanes, the Cowboys, and the Hurricanes Miami Dolphin.

“In some ways, this book is as much an apology to my family for not being there,” he said. “Both of my sons play football, and I haven’t seen either of them play a match.”

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, left, embraces head coach Jimmy Johnson, right, as the Cowboys lead the Buffalo Bills late in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XXVIII on January 30, 1994 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, left, embraces head coach Jimmy Johnson, right, as the Cowboys lead the Buffalo Bills late in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XXVIII on January 30, 1994 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
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Ducey asked if his children had forgiven him.

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He said, “You know, I talked to my sons about this not too long ago and they said, Dad, we wouldn’t have changed a thing.” “Obviously we would have loved to have you in our games but we have benefited from your success and we are benefiting now.” Like my son Chad who has struggled with alcoholism for a long time has had great success.”

“Swagger” was released on Tuesday.

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