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Johnnie Johnson
Date of birth: October 8, 1956 (1956-10-08) (age 53)
Place of birth: La Grange, Texas
Career information
Position(s): Cornerback
College: Texas
NFL Draft: 1980 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17
 As player:
Los Angeles Rams
Seattle Seahawks
Career highlights and awards
Awards: 2× All-American (1978, 1979)
1× First-team All-Pro selection (1983)
Playing stats at
College Football Hall of Fame

Johnnie Johnson was a member of the Los Angeles Rams from 1980 to 1988. He played cornerback and safety. Johnson played football for the University of Texas from 1976 to 1979. He was a unanimous All-America selection at defensive back in 1978 and 1979. Johnson was elected to College Football Hall of Fame in May 2007.

In his final three seasons he was a member of a team that placed among the nation’s top-ten in total defense. Johnnie also excelled on special teams as a punt return specialist. Many of his punt return marks still stand in the UT record books. In his freshman year, Johnson got off to a great start being named a starter in his first game, but a leg injury kept him on the sidelines for much of the year. The next year he regained his starting status on a team that went through the regular season undefeated. That year his fourth-down tackle inside the Texas five-yard line preserved a win over Oklahoma. He won the first of three All-Southwest Conference honors that year. In an era before the advent of the Thorpe Award, Johnson was named the nation’s top defensive back of 1978 by the New York Downtown Athletic Club.

Preceded by
Kent Hill
Rams Rookie of the Year Award
Succeeded by
Jairo Penaranda


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