Curtis Johnson (cornerback)

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Curtis Johnson
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Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (1948-06-22) June 22, 1948 (age 69)
Toledo, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 196 lb (89 kg)
Career information
High school: Toledo (OH) Waite
College: Toledo
NFL Draft: 1970  / Round: 4 / Pick: 81
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Interceptions: 22
INT yards: 190
Fumble recoveries: 8
Player stats at NFL.com

Curtis Wise Johnson (born June 22, 1948) is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the fourth round of the 1970 NFL Draft. He played college football at Toledo and high school football for Waite.

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American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. The offense, which is the team controlling the oval-shaped football, attempts to advance down the field by running with or passing the ball, while the defense, which is the team without control of the ball, aims to stop the offense's advance and aims to take control of the ball for themselves. The offense must advance at least ten yards in four downs, or plays, and otherwise they turn over the football to the defense; if the offense succeeds in advancing ten yards or more, they are given a new set of four downs. Points are primarily scored by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone for a touchdown or kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts for a field goal. The team with the most points at the end of a game wins.

Cornerback defensive position in American and Canadian football, covering receivers, to defend against pass offenses and make tackles

A cornerback (CB), also referred to as a corner or defensive halfback in older parlance, is a member of the defensive backfield or secondary in American and Canadian football. Cornerbacks cover receivers most of the time, to defend against offensive plays, i.e create turnovers in best case or deflect a forward pass or rather make a tackle. Other members of the defensive backfield include the safeties and occasionally linebackers. The cornerback position requires speed, agility, and strength. A cornerback's skillset typically requires proficiency in anticipating the quarterback, backpedaling, executing single and zone coverage, disrupting pass routes, block shedding, and tackling. Cornerbacks are among the fastest players on the field.

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Professional career

Johnson was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the fourth round of the 1970 NFL Draft. He played his entire nine-year career for the Dolphins from 1970 to 1978. For his career he started 111 of 125 games, recording 22 interceptions. Johnson also started in three Super Bowls for the Dolphins, winning two of them.

Miami Dolphins National Football League franchise in Miami, Florida

The Miami Dolphins are a professional American football team based in the Miami metropolitan area. The Dolphins compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) East division. The Dolphins play their home games at Hard Rock Stadium in the northern suburb of Miami Gardens, Florida, and are headquartered in Davie, Florida. The Dolphins are Florida's oldest professional sports team. Of the four AFC East teams, they are the only team in the division that was not a charter member of the American Football League (AFL).

The 1970 National Football League draft was held January 27–28, 1970, at the Belmont Plaza Hotel in New York City, New York.

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