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Bill "Tiger" Johnson
Personal Information
Position(s)
Center
Born (1926-09-14)September 14, 1926 in Tyler, Texas
Died January 7, 2011(2011-01-07) (aged 84) in Fort Myers, Florida
Career information
Year(s) 19481956
College Stephen F. Austin
Professional teams
Career stats
Games played / Started 95 / 87
Career head coaching record 18-15 (.545)
Playoff head coaching record 0-0 (.000)
Career highlights and awards

William Levi "Bill" Johnson, Sr. (September 14, 1926 – January 7, 2011), also known as "Tiger" Johnson, was a professional football player and coach. He was born in Tyler, Texas, was a football star for Tyler Junior College, and graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University. [1] He played center for the San Francisco 49ers from 1948 to 1956.

He was a line coach for the Cincinnati Bengals in 1976, when Paul Brown retired as the team's head coach and named Tiger as his successor, controversially passing over Bill Walsh. Tiger won 18 and lost 15, but resigned five games into the 1978 season after starting 0–5. He retired as the Bengals tight ends coach in 1990.

He was the father of William R. Johnson, president, CEO and chairman of H. J. Heinz.

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