Pete Johnson (American football, born 1937)

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Pete Johnson
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Position: Fullback
Personal information
Born: (1937-08-09) August 9, 1937 (age 82)
Bedford, Virginia
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school: William Fleming (VA)
College: Virginia Military
NFL Draft: 1959  / Round: 3 / Pick: 32
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Games played:7
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Peter Thomas Johnson Jr. (born August 9, 1937) is a former American football halfback in the National Football League for the Chicago Bears. He played college football at the Virginia Military Institute.

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Early years

Johnson attended William Fleming High School. [1] He accepted a football scholarship from the Virginia Military Institute. As a sophomore, he contracted Polio but was able to recover. [2] He registered 41 carries for 221 yards (5.4-yard avg.), 3 rushing touchdowns and 2 receptions for 17 yards. [3]

As a junior, he was a backup at halfback, posting 63 carries for 270 yards (4.3-yard avg.), 5 receptions for 40 yards, 2 receiving touchdowns, 8-of-9 extra point conversions, 2 defensive touchdowns and a 39.5 punting average. [2] He contributed to the team having an undefeated season (9-0-1) and being ranked 13th in the final Associated Press poll. [4] He made all 3 extra point conversions in the 21-21 tie against the College of the Holy Cross. [2]

As a senior, he became a starter at fullback after Sam Woolwine graduated. [2] He was second on the team behind Sam Horner, with 78 carries for 392 yards (5.0-yard avg.) and 5 rushing touchdowns. He set a school record, by returning a kickoff for a 97-yard touchdown against Villanova University. [2]

In 1979, he was inducted into the VMI Sports Hall of Fame. [5]

Professional career

Chicago Bears

Johnson was selected by the Chicago Bears in the third round (32nd overall) of the 1959 NFL Draft. [6] He appeared in 7 games as a halfback. [7]

Dallas Cowboys

In 1960, Johnson was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the expansion draft. He was converted into a defensive back during training camp. He was released on August 30. [8]

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References

  1. "Pete Johnson profile" . Retrieved July 27, 2019.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 "VMI 1958 Football Facts" (PDF). Retrieved July 11, 2020.
  3. "VMI 1957 Football Facts" (PDF). Retrieved July 11, 2020.
  4. "VMI Athletic History - A Brief Look" . Retrieved July 11, 2020.
  5. "VMI Hall of Fame" . Retrieved July 11, 2020.
  6. "1959 NFL Draft" . Retrieved July 11, 2020.
  7. "Bears Will Need A Lot Of Breaks" . Retrieved July 11, 2020.
  8. "Eight Texans Miss Practice" . Retrieved July 11, 2020.