Johnson, Bartkowski among 18 headed to College Football Hall of Fame

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NEW YORK — Jimmy Johnson was asked if he ever considered getting back into college coaching and responded by taking out his phone and scrolling through his pictures.

Former Miami and Oklahoma State coach Jimmy Johnson (left) and ex-California star Steve Bartkowski, a first-round draft selection by the Atlanta Falcons, will be inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame.  SETH WENIG/ASSOCIATED PRESS
SETH WENIG/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Former Miami and Oklahoma State coach Jimmy Johnson (left) and ex-California star Steve Bartkowski, a first-round draft selection by the Atlanta Falcons, will be inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame.

“There’s where I live on the ocean,” he said. “What I spend my time doing is ...”

And Johnson showed the small crowd gathered around him a photo of himself and a 250-pound blue marlin he caught one morning, fishing by himself off the coast of Florida.

“They realize now I’m not coming back,” said Johnson, who went 52-9 and won the 1987 national championship in five years at the University of Miami before leaving to become coach of the Dallas Cowboys.

Johnson was part of a class of 17 former players and coaches selected for the College Football Hall of Fame by the National Football Foundation and announced Tuesday at the Nasdaq stock exchange in Times Square.

“While winning back-to-back Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys was rewarding, the most fun I had in football was in college,” Johnson said.

Steve Bartkowski, who played quarterback at California from 1970-72, said the call he received from NFF President and CEO Steve Hatchell to let him know that he had been selected to the Hall of Fame caught him totally off guard.

“When Steve called last week to inform me, I thought he had the wrong number,” said Bartkowski, who led the nation in yards passing as a senior and was drafted first overall by the Atlanta Falcons. “It’s absolutely an honor.”

The other coaches to be inducted in December are Phillip Fulmer, who won the first BCS title in 1998 with Tennessee, and R.C. Slocum, the winningest coach in Texas A&M history.

Ty Detmer, the 1990 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback for Brigham Young, joined Bartkowksi in a group of 15 players heading to the hall.

The rest of the class includes receiver Art Monk, of Syracuse; tight end Dave Casper, of Notre Dame; tackle Jonathan Ogden, of UCLA; running backs Charles Alexander, of Louisian State University and Otis Armstrong, of Purdue; quarterback Tommy Kramer, of Rice; defensive backs Scott Thomas, of Air Force and Greg Myers, of Colorado State; split end Hal Bedsole, of Southern California; defensive end Gabe Rivera, of Texas Tech; linebacker Mark Simoneau, of Kansas State; and guard John Wooten, of Colorado.

Johnson spent five seasons at Oklahoma State before replacing Howard Schnellenberger at Miami in 1984. He coached two College Football Hall of Famers – defensive tackle Russell Maryland and defensive back Bennie Blades – and at least one more eventual honoree in 1986 Heisman winner Vinny Testaverde.

He left Miami after the 1988 season for the NFL.

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Jake 05/15/12 - 08:34 pm
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Way to go Bart!

It is about time Steve got some recognition. I always admired him even though his offensive line went limp and let him get sacked 8 times by the Browns before they ruined his knee and his career.
A lot of notables on the list.Let's see, there is Phillip "The Great Pumpkin" Fulmer, Charles "Alexander The Great", "Tommy Gun" Kramer and the biggest jerk of them all (drum roll) Jimmy Johnson! The great Jimmy Johnson who ran up the score on Gerry Faust's Notre Dame squad when it was for certain that the game was going to be Faust's last. Yes, a class individual (NOT) who does not deserve much praise, in my opinion.

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Retired Army 05/15/12 - 09:13 pm
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Glad to see Art Monk in the

Glad to see Art Monk in the class. How many Sundays did he prove to be the possession guy or needed spark for a Redskins victory during the Joe Gibbs glory years.

Jake you and I feel much the same about Jimmy Johnson I'm sure. Different reasons, but at least the 'Skins gave him a good share of whuppin'.

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Jake 05/15/12 - 09:38 pm
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Redskins

RA, do you go as far back as Sonny Jurgensen and Sam Huff? I always liked the Redskins, you usually got hard nosed football with that crowd. The Allen years were interesting but Gibbs got it done.

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Retired Army 05/15/12 - 10:08 pm
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Uninterupted 'Skins fan since

Uninterupted 'Skins fan since 1969 when Vince Lombardi came to town. Sad that he didn't get the chance to finish the job, but George Allen and his "Over The Hill Gang" were a real binding factor in my Dad and my brothers relationships. What fun. When my brother passed away 8 years ago he left me his Redskins jacket. We had always hoped to go to a Skins/Cowboy game but it never happenned. Then came the Gibbs era and all was right with the world.

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