John Henry Johnson

John Henry Johnson

About John Henry Johnson

John Henry Johnson (November 24, 1929 June 3, 2011) was an American fullback in collegiate and Professional Football. He played one season with the Calgary Stampeders of the Western Interprovincial Football Union in 1953, then from 1954 to 1965 for the San Francisco 49ers, the Detroit Lions, and the Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL, and then one season (1966) with the Houston Oilers of the American Football League. Johnson was a native of Waterproof in southern Tensas Parish in northeastern Louisiana. Prior to his professional career, he split his college career between Saint Mary's College of California and Arizona State University. He was also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. He is best remembered for being a member of the 49ers famed 'Million Dollar Backfield'. Upon his retirement, John was ranked fourth on pro football's all-time rushing list, behind only Jim Brown, Jim Taylor and his fellow 'Million Dollar Backfield' teammate, Joe Perry.

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