Nearly 30 years later Jimmy Johnson Reminiscing on the epic mistake made during a Thanksgiving Ice storms that caused the loss of life Dallas Cowboys The game.
YesThat was. Cowboys defensive lineman Leon Lett Slide on an icy surface Texas Stadium To try and recover a blocked field goal during the final seconds of the Miami Dolphins.
NoThe 6-foot, 6-inch model Lett After a 41-yard attempt by his teammate was stopped, he had no business trying and recovering the football. Jimmie JonesThe result was a 14-13 win for the team. Cowboys.
After Lett To mess up the play, he turned and ran more than 20 yards in an attempt to make contact with the ball. Dolphins Recovered at the 1-yard mark to allow Pete Stoyanovich This was a second-chance, chip shot field goal that lifted Miami To a 16-14 win on Nov. 25, 1993.
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Talk About a wild end.
“It was crazy,” Johnson This week, USA TODAY has reflected these figures Sports. “How many times does it snow like that in Dallas on Thanksgiving? So, Joe Avezzano (special teams coach) came up to me because it snowed and we had an icy field and said, ‘What do you think about this idea: What if we take one of our big guys and put him in the middle? We might be able to block a low kick in the ice and snow.’
“Well, Leon had never worked on special teams before. We put him in the lineup for the first time to block field goals. In some ways, I blame ourselves, the coaching, for putting him on that unit because he hadn’t done it before. I don’t blame Leon. I blame us as coaches. I outsmarted myself on that one.”
It All worked out. As Johnson The author was quick to remind everyone that Turkey Day Setback was his last loss in a game. Cowboys coach. Dallas The table was then run by the host. Thanksgiving And claimed a second chance Super Bowl crown. The Next spring, he fled amid an epic split Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones.
“As devastated as I was after that Thanksgiving loss, losing the way we did, it’s a great memory because that’s the last time I ever lost in Dallas,” Johnson said. “You know me: I’m going to put a positive spin on it. I won every game after that.”
Johnson The reflect on the Thanksgiving Day In his newly released memoir, he shares his life’s many highlights including his loss and other memorable moments. “Swagger,” Written with Dave HydeColumnist for The – awarded the prestigious South Florida Sun-Sentinel. He The author delves into his tenure at the Cowboys His other NFL coaching job Miami Dolphins, details his journey in the collegiate ranks that included the crowning achievements This is winning a national championship at the University of Miami.
And He opens up about his personal struggles, including a broken marriage and the birth of his son Chad’s battle against substance abuse.
“I was reluctant to do the book initially,” JohnsonFor many years, he has been a studio analyst at the Fox NFL Sunday Pregame show. “My good friend and agent, Nick Christin, kept telling me, ‘You need to write a book and tell the real story.’ So, between Nick and Dave Hyde, they convinced me to do it. Once I got into it, I enjoyed it.
“Now some of the struggles and the problems, like with my family, that was a little difficult going over those stories, but that’s all in the book as well.”
JohnsonHe was 79 years old and the first college coach to win a national championship. Super Bowl (a distinction shared since by Barry Switzer And Pete Carroll). And he’s enshrined in both the college and pro football Halls This is Fame … lending of much material.
“A lot of people in Dallas turn to the Jerry Jones chapter,” He said. “Survivor fans want to go the Survivor pages. (University of Miami) people go to the UM stuff. And football people – coaches and GMs – want to go to the part about evaluating talent. There’s a little bit for everybody.”
There’s also a chapter where Johnson waxes on today’s NFL. Which prompts us: Given The physically demanding practices that were a part of Johnson’s style – his full-padded practices, even late in the season, included the grueling “Middle Drill” – how would he fare as an NFL coach in an era where contact practices have been significantly reduced in the name of player safety?
“Obviously, it would be very frustrating for me, because we had very physical teams and very physical practices,” Johnson said. “I’d have to adjust. But I think as long as a coach has credibility and respect from his players, and he’s working as hard, if not harder as they’re working, then they’d understand that he’s doing his best to make them a better player and get them a better contract.”
Of Of course, you can have two. Super Bowl Rings and a national champion’s ring Johnson figures he’d get the attention of his players.
“When you throw out those rings,” He stated, “that gives you credibility.”