Sunday, February 4, 2018





It's that time of the year again. Time for Super Bowl Sunday, so I thought it would make sense to get in the Rolex Time Machine and go back to take a look at some of the greatest coaches in NFL history—all wearing their trusted Rolex watches. I believe Tom Landry was the first NFL coach to wear a Rolex Day-Date, which set a tradition for future NFL coaches.

Tom Landry (pictured above and below) began his professional athletic career as a baseball player for the New York Yankees in 1949. From 1950 to 1955 he played for the New York Giants. He became a coach for the Giants and seven with them from 1954-1959. He then went on to become the head coach of his beloved Dallas Cowboys from 1960 to 1988. Tom Landry was best know for his trademark Fedora, and Rolex Day-Date...

Tom Landry won two Super Bowl titles  (VI, XII), as well as five NFC titles, and 13 Divisional titles. He is record makes him the third-winningest coach in Football with a 270-178-6 record. From 1966 to 1885 he had 20 consecutive winning seasons. 

Tom Landry is pictured below with fellow Green Bay Packers football coaching legend, Vincent Lombardi.

Jimmy Johnson



Since we are on the subject of Dallas Cowboy coaching, I thought I would point out that one of Tom Landry's successors also wears a yellow gold Rolex Day-Date, and that is Jimmy Johnson.

Jimmy Johnson won the Super Bowl twice, just like Tom Landry did. Johnson won Super Bowl XXVII and XXVIII. In the photos above and below we see Dallas Cowboys Head Coach (1989-1993), Jimmy Johnson wearing his yellow gold Rolex Day-Date. For some reason, in Texas some people refer to Rolex watches as a TEXAS TIMEX, since Rolex watches are so commonly worn in Texas.

Jimmy Johnson is pictured below with Dallas Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones.

Bill Walsh
49ERS Head Coach


Bill Walsh is considered to be one of the best NFL Head Coaches in history with an amazing career achievement with the 49ers of 102-63-1. H won 10 of his postseason games along with 6 division titles, along with three NFC Championship tiles. He also won the Super Bowl three times with the 49ers, in 1981, 1984 and 1988.

Bill Walsh is pictured below with 49ers Quarterback, Joe Montana, and 49ers owner, Eddie DeBartola Jr. holding the Super Bowl Trophy on January 20, 1985 when the 49ers prevailed over the Miami Dolphins.

Speaking of prevailing, one of the funniest things I have heard was somebody sarcastically say, "Hurray, the sports franchise located close to my physical location emerged victorious against one further away from me!" ;-)

Mike Ditka


Mike Ditka is another famous NFL coach. In the photo below we see Mike Ditka when he was an assistant coach for the Dallas Cowboys, where he served under the legendary Tom Landry.


In the photo below we see Mike Ditka wearing a Rolex Tridor Day-Date. The Rolex Tridor looked like a two-tone Datejust had a baby with a Rolex Day-Date. Mike Ditka was the Head Coach for the Bears when they won Super Bowl XX.

The photo below shows Bill Walsh giving Mike Ditka a congratulatory hug after winning against the 49ers on October 13, 1985, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.

In the next three photos, we see the legendary football player, Walter Payton in photos from Sports Illustrated. In this first photo, Payton is shaking hands with Mike Ditka on August 22, 1997, in Chicago. Ditka had coached Payton when he played for the Chicago Bears.

Walter Payton is pictured below on May 8, 1984, next to Chicago Bears President Mike McCaskey at a press conference where Walter Payton signed a contract extension for 3 years to continue playing with the Bears. In 1984 before signing the extension contract he had rushed for an amazing career high of 1,684 yards. Notice Walter Payton is wearing his yellow gold Rolex Day-Date in the photo below.

Super Bowl Champion Walter Payton was a running back for the Chicago Bears where he spent his entire career from 1975 to 1987. His nickname was Sweetness as he was such an amazing rusher. Mike Ditka said that Payton was the greatest football player he had ever seen but was an even greater human being. Payton rushed for a total career record of 16,726 yards.

John Madden

Oakland Raider Coach

Yellow Gold Rolex Day-Date

John Madden was the head coach for the Oakland Raiders from 1969 to 1978, where he coached them to win the Super Bowl. 

John Madden had an aversion to flying on airplanes so he had a decked out custom bus. The Sports Illustrated photo below from 1990 shows John Madden traveling on his bus from Oakland to Manhattan, which took 55 hours and covered 3,016 miles. Notice Madden is wearing his yellow gold Rolex Day-Date.

John Madden is perhaps best known for his career as an NFL broadcaster, where he was an analyst for all four major TV networks including CBS (1979-1993), Fox (1994-2001), ABC (2002-2005), and NBC (2006-2009).

In the photo below we see John Madden with his co anouncer Pat Summerall, while Madden was with CBS, and notice they are both wearing Rolex watches. Summerall is wearing a two-tone Rolex Datejust and Madden is wearing his yellow gold Rolex Day-Date.

Tom Coughlin

2012 Super Bowl Winning Coach

Stainless Steel Submariner

Next up we see New York Giants Head Coach, Tom Coughlin holding up the 2012 Super Bowl XLVI trophy, and we get a clear shot of his Rolex Submariner. He won the Super Bowl with Giants twice, with XLII and XLVI.

The photos of New York Giants Head Coach, Tom Coughlin show him holding up the Vince Lombardi Super Bowl Trophy.

Rex Ryan

New York Jets Coach

Stainless Steel Submariner

Next up we see New York Jets Head Coach, Rex Ryan who appears on the cover of September 12, 2010, New York Times Magazine, wearing his Rolex Datejust.