March 31 1938|
|NFL Draft||1961 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6|
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James Earl Johnson (born March 31, 1938 in Dallas, Texas) is 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.
His brother is Rafer Johnson, an Olympic Decathlon Gold Medalist.
NFL career (1961-76)[edit | edit source]
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.).