Johnny Carson (American football)

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Johnny Carson
John Carson - 1955 Bowman.jpg
Carson on a 1955 Bowman football card
No. 82
Position: Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1930-01-31)January 31, 1930
Place of birth: Atlanta, Georgia
Date of death: April 1, 2009(2009-04-01) (aged 79)
Place of death: Atlanta, Georgia
Career information
College: Georgia
NFL draft: 1953 / Round: 15 / Pick: 179
(by the Cleveland Browns)
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 173
Receiving yards: 2,591
Touchdowns: 15
Stats at

Johnny Richard Carson, Sr. (January 31, 1930 – April 1, 2009) was a professional American football tight end for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League from 1953 to 1959. He also played for the Houston Oilers of the American Football League during their inaugural season in 1960. He played college football at the University of Georgia, where he was an All-American. Carson was drafted in the fifteenth round of the 1953 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns.

JOHNNY RICHARD CARSON SR. SOCIAL CIRCLE - Johnny Richard Carson Sr., 79, of Greshamville, died Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle. Born Jan. 31, 1930 in the Cabbagetown area of Atlanta, he was son of the late Clyde and Annie Hayes Carson and grandson of country music pioneer, Georgia Country Music Hall of Fame member Fiddlin' John Carson. An exceptional athlete, he led high school basketball, baseball and golf teams to multiple state titles at F.D. Roosevelt High in Atlanta. He was a member of three SEC championship golf teams at the University of Georgia and was the only athlete in UGA history and last in NCAA Division I history to letter in four different sports (football, golf, basketball, baseball). He was the first of only two two-sport All-Americans from UGA, honored for golf 1951 and football in 1953. He was the second member ever inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame (1957) and was inducted into the UGA Circle of Honor in 2003. A seven-year NFL playing career preceded 35 years as a scout for the Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings before retiring in 1996 to Greene County. Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Apr. 3, 2009 - See more at:

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