RACY, Calif. — Hall of Fame running back John Henry Johnson, a former Steeler, has died. He was 81.
The San Francisco 49ers say Johnson, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987 after a 14-season NFL career, died Friday in Tracy.
In six seasons with the Steelers from 1960-65, Johnson rushed for 4,381 yards and 26 touchdowns, making three Pro Bowls. He rushed for 1,141 yards in 1962, becoming the first Steeler to break the 1,000-yard mark. He matched the feat by rushing for 1,048 yards in 1964.
A member of the "Million Dollar Backfield," Johnson played three seasons for the 49ers (1954-56). A four-time Pro Bowler (1954, 1962-64), Johnson's 6,803 career yards rushing trailed only Jim Brown, Jim Taylor and former 49er Joe Perry upon his retirement in 1966. Johnson was also a productive receiver, catching 186 passes for 1,478 yards. He scored 55 touchdowns during his career.
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