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Jimmy Johnson
Personal Information
Jersey #(s)
Born (1938-03-31)March 31, 1938
Dallas, Texas
Died May 8, 2024(2024-05-08) (aged 86)
Bay Area, California
Career information
Year(s) 19611976
NFL Draft 1961 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6
College UCLA
Professional teams
Career stats
INT 47
INT yards 615
Touchdowns 2
Stats at
Career highlights and awards

  • Pro Bowl (x5) (1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974)
  • NFL 1970s All-Decade Team

James Earl "Jimmy" Johnson (born March 31, 1938 in Dallas, Texas - died May 8, 2024 in the San Francisco Bay Area) was an American football former cornerback 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.[1]

His older brother was Rafer Johnson, an Olympic decathlon silver medalist in 1956 and gold medalist in 1960.

NFL career (1961-76)[]

Jimmy Johnson played NFL football for 16 years 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 34 passes for 627 yards (18.44 yards per. reception avg.).

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

External links[]


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