Charley Johnson

For other people named Charles Johnson, see Charles Johnson (disambiguation).
Charley Johnson
No. 12
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1938-11-22) November 22, 1938
Place of birth: Big Spring, Texas
Career information
College: New Mexico State
NFL Draft: 1960 / Round: 10 / Pick: 109
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
TDINT: 170-181
Yards: 24,410
QB Rating: 69.2
Player stats at

Charley Lane Johnson (born November 22, 1938) is a former American football quarterback. He played in the National Football League (NFL) for 15 years with three teams: the St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Oilers, and Denver Broncos. During his college football career at New Mexico State University he became the only person to date to be named Most Valuable Player of the Sun Bowl in consecutive years, winning the award in 1959 and 1960. He is a member of the NMSU Sports Hall of Fame and is the only player in the history of the NMSU football program to have his jersey number (33) retired. He was named to the NFL Pro Bowl in 1963 and is a member of the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame. He was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated twice, on the December 14, 1964 and November 1, 1965 issues as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals. An engineering major at NMSU, Johnson continued his academic pursuits during his NFL career and obtained master's and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis while concurrently playing in the NFL. He retired as a professor of chemical engineering at his alma mater, New Mexico State University in May 2012.

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