Hall of Famer Johnson dies at 81
Saturday, June 4, 2011
TRACY, Calif. (AP) -- Hall of Fame running back John Henry Johnson has died. He was 81.
The San Francisco 49ers say Johnson, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987 after a 14-season NFL career, died Friday in Tracy.
A member of the "Million Dollar Backfield," Johnson played three seasons for the 49ers (1954-56). A four-time Pro Bowler (1954, 1962-64), Johnson's 6,803 career yards rushing trailed only Jim Brown, Jim Taylor and former 49er Joe Perry upon his retirement in 1966. Johnson was also a productive receiver, catching 186 passes for 1,478 yards. He scored 55 touchdowns during his career.
Johnson also played one season in the CFL before joining San Francisco.