Ex-Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher received the surprise of his life Saturday when he learned of his election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame during CBS’ live NFL postseason coverage.

And it was Jimmy Johnson’s turn to hear the magic words Sunday — and his reaction truly was priceless.

The former Dallas Cowboys head coach instantly got emotional during FOX’s halftime coverage of the Green Bay Packers-Seattle Seahawks divisional matchup when Hall of Fame president David Baker made a surprise appearance on set to deliver the news. Johnson immediately choked up and shared a few words of gratitude in between hugs.

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Traditionally, Hall of Fame nominees learn of their election while congregated with friends and family in a hotel room. But we like this just as much (if not better).

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