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Jimmy Johnson

NFL Head Coach Jimmy Johnson

Profession: NFL Head Coach

United States of America

Biography: One of only three football coaches to lead teams to both a major college football championship and a Super Bowl, winning back-to-back Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys.

Served as the head football coach at Oklahoma State University–Stillwater from 1979 to 1983 and the University of Miami from 1984 to 1988.

Before moving to the NFL where he coached the Dallas Cowboys from 1989 to 1993 and the Miami Dolphins from 1996 to 1999.

Born: July 16, 1943
Birthplace: Port Arthur, Texas, USA
Age: 78 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Sign: Cancer

Married Life

  • 1963-07-12 NFL coach Jimmy Johnson (19) weds Linda Kay Cooper
  • 1990-01-17 NFL coach Jimmy Johnson (46) divorces Linda Kay Cooper after 26 years of marriage
  • 1999-07-18 Miami Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson (56) weds longtime girlfriend Rhonda Rookmaaker (45) in the Florida Keys

Historical Events

  • 1989-11-23 The "Bounty Bowl": Philadelphia Eagles defeat Dallas Cowboys 27-0 at Thanksgiving in an ill-tempered game, after which Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson accuses Eagles coach Buddy Ryan of placing bounties on players
  • 1994-03-29 Coach Jimmy Johnson quits Dallas Cowboys
  • 1996-01-10 Jimmy Johnson announced as new coach of Miami Dolphins

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