Daryl Johnson

This article is about the football player. For the basketball player, see Darryl Johnson. For the baseball player, see Darrell Johnson. For the musician, see Daryl Johnson (musician). For the Dallas Cowboys fullback, see Daryl Johnston.
Daryl Johnson
No. 23
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1946-08-11) August 11, 1946
Place of birth: Richmond, Virginia
Career information
NFL Draft: 1968 / Round: 8 / Pick: 197
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played – started: 42-42
Interceptions: 5
Fumble recoveries: 2
Player stats at NFL.com

Daryl E. Johnson (born August 11, 1946) is a former American football defensive back who played in the American Football League, the National Football League, and the World Football League.

College career

Johnson graduated from Maggie L. Walker High School in Richmond. He entered Morgan State University in 1964 and received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree. Mr. Johnson (5'10½"/170 lbs), was an invited walk-on at Morgan State, where he became a four-year letterman in football playing on three undefeated CIAA Championship football teams from 1965–1967, and was a two-year letterman in track and field.

Mr. Johnson acquired many honors during his amazing college football career: however, he carved his own piece of Morgan State athletic history as the starting quarterback during the undefeated 1966 and 1967 CIAA Championship football seasons. In 1966, Morgan State University became the first predominately African American team selected to play in the NCAA sanctioned Tangerine Bowl (now called the Capital One Bowl). Mr. Johnson led the Morgan State Golden Bears on one of the biggest stages the University had been on to a historic 14-6 victory over West Chester State (PA). The victory earned Morgan State University the distinction of being crowned the first historically black college or university (HBCU) to win a nationally recognized NCAA Championship Title, Atlantic Coast Champions. Mr. Johnson ended the 1966 season being selected to the first-team Maryland All-State Team as a Placekicker and first-team ALL-CIAA.

During the 1967 season, Daryl led the Golden Bears to their third consecutive CIAA Championship and undefeated seasons. He set a school record by becoming the first quarterback to pass for over 1,000 yards in a single season, completing 54 percent of his passes for 1,050 yards. His senior year performance was so outstanding that he was selected first Team Maryland All-State as Quarterback, first Team All-CIAA Quarterback and first Team Pittsburgh Courier Black All-American Defensive Back.

Mr. Johnson also received the prestigious The Pigskin Club of Washington, D.C. Award being named 1967 NCAA Small College Player of the Year. Special honored guests in attendance were, the Honorable Hubert H. Humphrey, Vice President of the United States; Senators Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), Edward Brooke (D-MA) and Birch Bayh (D-IN; Previous All-American football players honored Jim Brown, Ernie Davis, Floyd Little, Jim Nance; Coaches Ben Schwartzwalder (Syracuse University); Dick Butkus (Illinois; Jackie Robinson and Rafer Johnson (UCLA); Roger Staubach, (Naval Academy); Clint Jones, Walt Kowalski] and Hugh Daugherty (Michigan State); Lenny Moore (Penn State); Kevin Hardy, John Huarte and Ara Parseghian (Notre Dame); Ron Burton Northwestern, Mike Garrett (USC), Willie Lanier (Morgan State), Bob Ferguson, Howard Cassady and Woody Hayes (Ohio State).

Daryl finished his career leading Morgan State to the longest winning streak in college football at the time. The Golden Bears only lost two games during Mr. Johnson's four-year career. While playing for Morgan, Daryl played quarterback, flanker, defensive back and was the teams placekicker.

Johnson is a member of Morgan State University's Varsity "M" Club athletic Hall Of Fame.

Professional career

Johnson was selected 1968 Common Draft in the 8th round. He would play for the American Football League's Boston Patriots (1968–1969), the National Football League's Boston Patriots (1970). Johnson became a starter in his rookie season. He was selected to the Boston Patriots All-Time Team of the Decades of the 1960s and honored at a special pre-game and halftime ceremony on December 5, 1971 at Schaefer in conjunction with Gino Cappelletti Day. Daryl was also a starting defensive back in the World Football League with the Houston Texans/Shreveport Steamers.


Johnson is happily married to Helen Griffin. He has two children, Deron who is in the shoe business and Brandi, who is a College Administrator as well as one granddaughter, Nevaeh.


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