One of the patriarchs of the Miami Hurricanes' glory days in the 1980s was honored for his contribution to the game Tuesday night when Jimmy Johnson was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame at a ceremony in New York. He's the ninth Miami representative to earn the honor, the the Sun-Sentinel notes.
Johnson won a national title in 1987 after leading Miami to a 12-0 record and a win over the top-ranked Oklahoma Sooners in the Orange Bowl. Perhaps best known for winning two Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys in the 1990s, Johnson first gained national prominence at The U, leading the team for five seasons from 1984-1988 while compiling a 52-9 record. He recalled his Miami days fondly at the event:
"Having spent the majority of my career in college, this is a tremendous honor," Johnson said. "When I look back ... in the entire career, the most fun that I ever had was at the University of Miami."
Miami hired Johnson away from Oklahoma State, where he had been the head coach since 1979. His all-time collegiate record was 81-34-3. His coaching career ended in Miami, where he coached the Dolphins from 1996-2000 before retiring.