Hosted by EPEX, the second season of the EPEX-hosted NFL documentary series Rich Eisen has had a strong media focus, with seven of the eight people highlighted this season, best known for post-play or post-training media jobs. One of those is Jimmy Johnson, who appears on the next one-hour episode (premiere at 10 p.m. Eastern Saturday on Epix.) A preview clip shows an interesting influence Johnson made on the game during his time as a Fox announcer, discussing A speech invited by the Kansas City Chiefs to give the team prior to their February 2020 Super Bowl LIV victory. The clip has a narrow ending with Travis Kelsey, Johnson, and Chiefs talking about the speech:
Some notable discussions there:
Kelsey: “I loved Jimmy Johnson’s speech. He came to us, I think it was the Thursday before the Super Bowl and told us he was counting on us to win it. He told us a two-in-four story.”
Johnson: “I picked two guys and said, ‘Oh, if you walk from one end to the other. Then I talked to Brett Fitch and Andy Reed, and I said, “Okay, one of your good guys, defense.” Oh, they said, “Chris Jones.” I said, Well, I said, “Chris, get your big, fat ass over here.” I said, You walk from one end to the other.” So the men got kicked out of it.
The clip then moves on to show Kelsey discussing this with his teammates on match day:
“Jimmy Johnson said it better, baby. It’s like we’ve been walking on two by four, whether it’s on the ground or ten feet in the air. At the end of the day, we’ve been doing this our whole lives.”
This latest installment shows the power of the NFL movie series. Discussing something like this after the fact is one thing, but having the gameplay footage showing Kelsey talking about it right now raises it even further. It’s also interesting that Johnson still has the potential to inspire NFL players decades after his last game he coached, which came back in 1999.
Johnson is inducted into both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame for his work as a coach, and has had an outstanding career as a Fox broadcaster over the past two decades as well. He’s a good character to focus on in a series like this. It is interesting to see this clip highlighting the impact Johnson has had long after he has left coaching.
The hour-long episode of NFL Icons will air on Jimmy Johnson this Saturday at 10 p.m. ET on Epix and will be available on the Epix app. Previous installments on John Madden and Walter Payton are also available in this app. More episodes are on the way for Steve Young (October 1), Ray Lewis (October 8), Troy Aikman (October 15), Chris Carter (October 22), and Tony Dungy (October 29).