Jimmy Johnson (cornerback)

For other people named Jimmy Johnson, see Jimmy Johnson (disambiguation).
Jimmy Johnson

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Johnson in January 2014
No. 37
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1938-03-31) March 31, 1938
Place of birth: Dallas, Texas
Career information
College: UCLA
NFL Draft: 1961 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Interceptions: 47
Interception yards: 615
Interception return TDs: 2
Receptions: 40
Receiving yards: 690
Receiving touchdowns: 4
Player stats at NFL.com

James Earl Johnson (born March 31, 1938) is a former American football cornerback who played for the San Francisco 49ers. In 1994, he was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He played both offense and defense as a college football player at UCLA where he was also a member of the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity and the school's Athletic Hall of Fame (1992).[1]

His brother is Rafer Johnson, an Olympic Decathlon Gold Medalist.

NFL career

Jimmy Johnson played in the NFL for 16 years and at multiple positions. He first played safety, then he moved to wide receiver, then back to safety, and finally to cornerback. During his career, he intercepted 47 passes and returned them for 615 yards. He also caught 40 passes for 690 yards (17.25 yards per. reception avg.).

Johnson was named in an article by Dan Wetzel as the best cornerback to have never played in a Super Bowl.[2]


  1. Pi Lambda Phi 2010 Membership Directory
  2. "Greatest players never to make the Super Bowl". Yahoo! Sports. 2009-07-22. Retrieved 2009-07-22.

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