Solomon, one of greatest authors of wisdom tidbits in human history, wrote in Proverbs 16:18:
“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”
In a recent interview with Rich Eisen, Troy Aikman made the most poignant statement about the demise of the 1990s Dallas Cowboys dynasty to date. Aikman, like many Cowboys fans, believes that, as great as the run that brought three Super Bowls to Dallas in four years was, it could have been even greater.
According to Nate Davis of USA Today, Aikman made the following statement to Eisen:
“When I point back to those years, the thing that Jimmy would always say to us … ‘If we achieve what we want to achieve as a team, there will be enough credit to go around for everybody. And the reason we won three Super Bowls — Emmitt, myself, Michael, Daryl Johnston, Darren Woodson, Charles Haley, go through the whole list of guys — everybody kind of just said, ‘Hey, OK, we’re gonna sacrifice a little individually.’
“But the guy telling us that and the owner of the club — they couldn’t do that. And that’s the disappointing thing to me that that’s what was preached to us, and yet the two guys who really ran the club, they couldn’t unfortunately, you know, put their differences aside for the betterment of the team.”
Break down that statement and Aikman is basically saying that Jimmy Johnson was guilty of hypocrisy. Johnson was like the parent that says, “Do as I say, not as I do.”
Both Jones and Johnson, according to Aikman’s words, put their own interests/feelings/egos ahead of the welfare of the team.
No one will ever know what might have been for one of the greatest NFL teams ever assembled. But don’t blame Troy, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin or any of the other players that bought into the Johnson message of winning as a team and reaping both personal and team benefits.
Blame pride, stubbornness and selfishness. Blame Jerry Jones and Jimmy Johnson.
That is what Aikman as much as says. What do you say?