John Didion

John Didion
No. 51
Position: Center
Personal information
Date of birth: (1947-10-24)October 24, 1947
Place of birth: Woodland, California
Date of death: December 10, 2013(2013-12-10) (aged 66)
Place of death: Portland, Oregon
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school: Woodland (CA)
College: Oregon State
NFL Draft: 1969 / Round: 7 / Pick: 173
Career history
Career NFL statistics
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John Lawrence Didion (October 24, 1947 – December 10, 2013) was an American football Center in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins and New Orleans Saints from 1969 to 1974. He played college football at Oregon State University and was drafted in the seventh round of the 1969 NFL Draft.

After playing his first two seasons for the Redskins under coaches Vince Lombardi and Bill Austin, he was traded in January 1971 by George Allen to the Saints in the deal which brought quarterback Billy Kilmer to the "Over the Hill Gang".

From 1998 to 2010, Didion was the sheriff of Pacific County, Washington.[1]

Didion died December 10, 2013, in Portland, Oregon.[2]


  1. "Pacific County Sheriff's Office". Pacific County Sheriff's Office. Retrieved 2008-12-24.
  2. "Former Beavers All-American center John Didion dies at 66". Albany Democrat Herald. December 12, 1963.

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