Johnny Davis (American football)

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Johnny Davis
Date of birth: (1956-07-17) July 17, 1956 (age 57)
Place of birth: Montgomery, Alabama
Career information
Position(s): Running Back
College: Alabama
NFL Draft: 1978 / Round: 2 / Pick 30
As player:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
San Francisco 49ers
Cleveland Browns
Career stats
Playing stats at

Johnny Lee Davis (born July 17, 1956, in Montgomery, Alabama) is a retired American football running back who played ten seasons in the NFL from (1978–1987). Davis won a Super Bowl Ring XVI with the San Francisco 49ers. He is a graduate of the prestigious Sidney Lanier High School in Montgomery Alabama.

College career (1974-1978)[edit]

Davis played for The University of Alabama under coach "Bear" Bryant where he Lettered 3 of the 4 years of his college career. Nicknamed "Bull", Davis led the Crimson Tide in rushing in three of his four seasons at Alabama, and he ranked third all-time at Alabama with 2,519 career rushing yards, 5.6 yards per carry and 21 touchdowns when he graduated. He earned second-team All-American and is a two-time All-SEC Honor 1975-1977. He was winner of the 1975 Dixie Howell Memorial MVP Award. While at Alabama, Johnny and Ozzie Newsome were roommates throughout their college careers and still remain "best" friends to this day. Davis is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

Professional career[edit]

Davis was chosen by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the 30th pick in round 2 of the 1978 NFL Draft. In 1981, he went on to play for the San Francisco 49ers, where he won a Super Bowl XVI ring. Nicknamed "Goal Line", he averaged a touchdown every 13 times he carried the ball for the 49ers in 1981. From 1982 to 1987, he played with the Cleveland Browns, where he was nicknamed the "B1 Bomber". He retired from the NFL in 1988 after 10 years. He was a tough inside runner and considered one of the best blocking fullbacks in NFL history.[citation needed]

Davis played for Paul "Bear" Bryant, John McKay, Bill Walsh, Sam Rutigliano and Marty Schottenheimer.


Johnny Davis worked as an advertising sales manager for 20 years. He currently works in the education system[clarification needed] and is a motivational speaker and conducts football camps for kids. In addition, Davis is an accomplished professional pianist.