John Henry Johnson

John Henry Johnson ( * November 24, 1929 in Waterproof, Louisiana, † June 3, 2011 in Tracy, California ) was an US- American football player. He played fullback / halfback, among other things with the San Francisco 49ers, Detroit Lions and the Pittsburgh Steel Ersin the National Football League ( NFL).


John Henry Johnson was born in Louisiana, grew up, however, in Pittsburg, California, where he attended the High School. Already at school, he stood out as outstanding football and basketball player. Also known as track and field athlete, he was able to convince and won the discus throw, the ESL of California. Johnson has already contributed as a football player in high school will wear the number 35, which he would later be worn as a serious player. The number has now been blocked by the Pittsburg High School and hung his player jersey in the weight room of the school.

Playing career

College career

Johnson studied for his degree at Saint Mary's College of California, where he continued his career as a football player. After the College had set the play mode of the football team, he moved to Arizona State University and ran to one year for the Arizona State Sun Devils. 1952 won his team the league championship. Because of its sporting achievements this year he was honored by his college.

Professional career

John Henry Johnson was drafted in 1953 by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second round in 18th position. At the conclusion of a contract between the Steelers and Johnson, however, it did not come. The Calgary Stampeders, who played in a forerunner of the Canadian Football League ( CFL), offered him a higher salary and Johnson decided to accept the offer. Johnson was at the Stampeders to a service provider. His realized gain space of 648 yards at 107 run tests was the best value in the team. After a year in Calgary, Johnson joined the trained Buck Shaw San Francisco 49ers. Along with quarterback YA Tittle, Hugh McElhenny the halfback and the fullback Joe Perry, he formed the so-called The Million Dollar Backfield with the 49ers. Although McElhenny in 1954 it was only possible to join six games, managed the three Runinngbacks in this game a year extra space of 2245 yards. Johnson helped 681 yards and was behind Perry statistically the second best running back in the NFL. Before the season 1957 Johnson moved to the Detroit Lions. Johnson played mostly in Detroit fullback, but was also used by quarterback Bobby Layne and over again as a pass receiver. The Lions have won eight of twelve games in 1957 during the regular season and qualified for the play- offs so. In the Divisional play -off game, the Lions then met the former team of Johnson and were able to defeat this by 31:27. Johnson came into the game five times as a ball carrier to use. The victory was followed by a second success in the NFL Championship Game against the Cleveland Browns. Johnson was at 59:14 victory of his team's seven times the ball and was also able to catch a pass.

Johnson joined in 1960 supervised by Buddy Parker Pittsburgh Steelers, where Bobby Layne was under contract since 1959. In 1962, Johnson was able to achieve 1141 yards space gain by running game. He was the first player the Steelers who could Walk more than 1,000 yards in a season. In 1964 he succeeded once again to reach the 1000 yard mark. He achieved this year, a gain of space of 1048 yards. However, Johnson was able to win with the team from Pittsburgh no title. However, he succeeded in 1964 in a game against the Cleveland Browns to achieve the first player the Steelers running game with a space gain of 200 yards. In the game he also get three touchdowns. In 1966, John Henry Johnson joined the American Football League ( AFL) and was from then on for the Houston Oilers. After a game year in Houston Johnson ended his career.

After the career

Johnson returned to his career in Pittsburgh, where he worked for an energy company. After the death of his second wife, he moved in 2002 to California. He suffered until his death from Alzheimer 's disease and was treated in California by his family. He bequeathed his brain for medical research at Boston University. His burial place is not known.


John Henry Johnson played four times in the Pro Bowl, was elected twice to the All- Pro and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and in the ASU Hall Of Fame.