Billy Johnson (American football)

  • Houston Oilers (1974-1980)
  • Montreal Alouettes (CFL ) ( 1981)
  • Atlanta Falcons (1982-1987)
  • Washington Redskins (1988 )
  • 3 × Pro Bowl selection (1975, 1977, 1983)
  • 3 × All-Pro selection (1975, 1977, 1983)
  • NFL 75th Anniversary All- Time Team
  • NFL 1970s All- Decade Team
  • NFL 1980s All- Decade Team
  • NFL Comeback Player of the Year (1983 )
  • Pro Bowl MVP (1975 )
  • College Football Hall of Fame (1996 )
  • Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame (1997)

William Arthur "Billy" Johnson ( born January 27, 1952 in Boothwyn, Pennsylvania, USA) Nickname: White Shoes is a former American football player in the National Football League ( NFL). He played as a wide receiver for the Houston Oilers, among others, and the Atlanta Falcons.

Playing career

College career

Billy Johnson studied from 1971 to 1973 at Widener University and played as a halfback for their unterklassige college football team. During his college career he scored with a running game space gain of 3,737 yards and 62 touchdowns. Johnson was known for his excessive jubilation when he scored a touchdown. He celebrated to a dance with the name: Funky Chicken, which was based on a song by Rufus Thomas. His athletic achievements made ​​quite Scouts in the field of view of the NFL Johnson.

Professional career

" White Shoes " Johnson was drafted in 1974 in the 15th round to 365th place by the Houston Oilers. The late commitment should make him any great hopes for a lasting professional career. Johnson was used by the Oilers as a wide receiver and return specialist. In 1978, Johnson suffered a knee injury that still also hindered him in 1979. After he had overcome the injury in 1980, the Oilers put him only as a wide receiver. Since the Treaty of Johnson was not renewed by the team from Houston, he joined the Montreal Alouettes in 1981 (CFL ) to. The following year he moved to the Atlanta Falcons and moved with his team in the play-offs, where they however failed in the first round to the Minnesota Vikings with 30:24. In 1988 he moved to the trained by Joe Gibbs Washington Redskins, where he ended his career after only one game.

Billy Johnson was able to achieve in 1975 as a punt returner three touchdowns and two touchdowns in 1977. Johnson can be found due to its individual services as a return specialist in the record books of the NFL on multiple front seats.


Billy Johnson played in three Pro Bowls, the final game of the best players of the season. He was elected three times to the All- Pro. Johnson is a member of the NFL 75th Anniversary All- Time Team, NFL 1970s All- Decade in the team, in the NFL 1980s All- Decade Team in the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. After his return from Canada, he was elected in 1983 to the NFL Comeback Player of the Year.

Coaching career

Johnson currently works as a fitness trainer in the organization of the Atlanta Falcons. He lives with his family in Duluth, Georgia.

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