Feud over: Jerry Jones tells Jimmy Johnson he'll be inducted into Cowboys Ring of Honor

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The wait is finally over.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told former coach Jimmy Johnson that he will be inducted into his team's Ring of Honor, 27 years after Johnson's acrimonious exit from Dallas and two days before Johnson's formal induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Jones joined Johnson on Fox's broadcast ahead of the Hall of Fame game to tell the coach in person:

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It took some coaxing for Jones to make an official announcement, but that gave Johnson time to prepare a perfect zinger:

Jones: "He will be in the Ring of Honor."

Johnson: "While I'm alive?"

Learning of significant honors while on the air is becoming something of a habit for Johnson, as he was surprised with news of his Hall of Fame enshrinement during a halftime show last year.

Jimmy Johnson and Jerry Jones reconcile

The history between Jones and Johnson is well documented: Jones buys the Cowboys in 1988, Jones hires his Arkansas teammate Johnson, Johnson leads the team to two Super Bowls as his and Jones' relationship degrades, the two agree to part ways in 1993, Johnson takes over the Miami Dolphins, Jones hires Barry Switzer, another Arkansas teammate.

Johnson's final resume with the Cowboys: an 80-44 record (despite going 1-15 his first season) with two Super Bowl wins, three playoff berths and the Herschel Walker heist.

The hurt feelings from that saga ended up lasting decades. Jones blasted Johnson for "disloyalty" in one 2014 profile, while Johnson said his old friend and boss came off like a "rich a**hole."

The pair have seemed to reconcile in recent years. They reunited for the Cowboys' 25th Super Bowl anniversary in 2017 and Johnson was on hand for Jones' own Hall of Fame enshrinement. Just last month, Jones made an emotional admission that he had "f***ed it up" with Johnson.

Johnson still hadn't been recognized on the Cowboys' Ring of Honor, which features 19 players, two executives and one other coach (Tom Landry). That will soon change, and there may be no more hatchets left to bury.

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