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Former OSU coach Jimmy Johnson going into Pro Football Hall of Fame

Former Oklahoma State coach Jimmy Johnson -- best known for the success he had with a different set of Cowboys -- was announced as a member of the 2020 class for the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Sunday.

Johnson won two Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys and also coached the Miami Dolphins. Now, he serves as a studio analyst for Fox Sports' NFL coverage.

Johnson coached OSU from 1979-83, going 30-25-2. The Pokes were 8-4, defeating Baylor in the Bluebonnet Bowl in his final season before he left to become the head coach at the University of Miami. From there, he went to Dallas, where he won two Super Bowls in five seasons.

Johnson was notified of his selection on live television during a Fox halftime show Sunday night, and became quite emotional. 

"The only thing I can think of is all of the assistant coaches that worked for me, all the great players that played for me, they're the reason I'm here,'' Johnson said. "I can't talk. This is so special.''

The Pro Football Hall of Fame's centennial class was selected last week, Johnson was the second honoree to be announced, following former Steelers coach Bill Cowher. The remainder of the 15-member class will be revealed Wednesday.

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COWBOYS /  OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY, COLLEGE FOOTBALL, OSU: 9/2/1979-The OSU coaching staff pose for a picture before the start of the 1979 season. Bottom row from left: Pat Jones, Bob Lehay, first-year head coach Jimmy Johnson, Dave Wannstedt and Paul Jette. Top row: David Hines, who left the OSU staff after this picture was taken, Jim Helms, Barry Pearson, Bert Jacobsen, Tony Wise and Larry Holton. Staff photo by Jim Argo taken 9/2/79.

COWBOYS / OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY, COLLEGE FOOTBALL, OSU: 9/2/1979-The OSU coaching staff pose for a picture before the start of the 1979 season. Bottom row from left: Pat Jones, Bob Lehay, first-year head coach Jimmy Johnson, Dave Wannstedt and Paul Jette. Top row: David Hines, who left the...

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Scott Wright

A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and... Read more ›

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