I have one ear listening to Sunday NFL Countdown and just heard Chris Mortensen say something about former Cowboys fullback Daryl “Moose” Johnston and Hall of Famer QB Troy Aikman saying that signing Terry “Tank” Johnson was the wrong way to go; that it represented a mentality that compromised the integrity of the Cowboys. I found it confirmed via the eBays, and, well, it reeks of a small bit of hypocrisy.
Have Aikman and Johnston taken enough blows to the head to forget that they played with both Michael Irvin and Nate Newton, both of whom have been convicted of drug charges, as opposed to Johnson’s gun offenses? I’m aware that the scrutiny on Irwin and Newton happened after the Cowboys won those three Super Bowls, but still, the gall of those two to claim that Johnson’s signing wasn’t right for the team’s integrity is pretty amazing.
The signing isn’t anything new for Jerry Jones — he likes reclamation and character rejuvenation projects, and as far as Johnson goes, I’m guessing he won’t be as much trouble as many think — he apologized, accepted his punishment, and accepted responsibility publicly for what he did, and the whole police stop in Arizona seemed fishy because what he wound up getting arrested was so specious (the officer arrested him on suspicion of being intoxicated.)
Troy, Moose: great players, not bad analysts, poor judges of character — or less forgiving of those who come after them as compared to their former teammates.