Posted on August 29, 2012 at 7:01 PM
DALLAS – Former Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson made a beeline toward Charles Haley when he first saw his former player at a Dallas hotel today.
"You dress better," Haley told his former coach when the embraced
"I make more money," Johnson replied.
Johnson was a guest at the Southern Methodist University forum, although his days as a college coach are long gone.
Johnson turned 69 in July and this year will mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 season, which led to the first of back-to-back Super Bowl titles. It was after the second title that he left Dallas, calling it the toughest decision he ever had to make.
"Sometimes, you get the feeling there are certain things you've got to do, and it was something I had to do," Johnson said after a few seconds of silence. "Sometimes I'm part gypsy. I had done my job. And I had done it as well as I could. I mean for five years, I lived there. I didn't have a life. And that's what I told Troy when he got on me, I said Troy I wanted to have a life. I wanted to enjoy some of those things."
Johnson says when it comes to players like Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, every player has to be handled differently. In Bryant's case, Johnson also says he's still waiting to see what he's capable of doing.
"I think he's an extremely talented player that has under achieved and he's got to get better and I’m not too sure some of the field distractions haven't taken away from his performance," Johnson said.
Johnson also says that Tony Romo will eventually enjoy the success that Cowboys fans are expecting from him and says Romo catches what he calls undeserved abuse.
"The abuse he takes is, well, big games," Johnson says. "Well he's won big games. Sometimes because of the visibility of the Cowboys, you focus into one or two games. I think he is that close. You got to win the ring to get it done and I think Romo can do that. I love Tony Romo."
As you might expect, his former players still adore him.
"He was demanding, and determined and that's what we were," says Haley.
Johnson responded to Haley saying, "Thank you for giving me a couple of rings."