Johnson remembered as tough, caring

Updated: August 7, 2009, 1:20 PM ET
By Elizabeth Merrill | ESPN.com

With time bearing down on their sixtysomething bodies, Jim Johnson and Pete Jenkins used to ponder retirement. It never lasted too long. They knew they were a fading generation in the NFL, a couple of silver-haired coaches in a world of text messages and hair gel. When Johnson and Jenkins commiserated, Eagles coach Andy Reid used to joke that they were probably talking about something old-fashioned and dated, like Elvis.

But when the old men were alone, Johnson used to say he'd retire ...

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