Andy Johnson (American football)

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Andy Johnson
Born: (1952-10-18)October 18, 1952
Athens, Georgia, U.S.
Died: May 16, 2018(2018-05-16) (aged 65)
Athens, Georgia, U.S.
Career information
Position(s) Running Back
College Georgia
NFL draft 1974 / Round: 5 / Pick 112
Career history
As player
1974–1982 New England Patriots
Career stats
Rushing Yards 2,107
Receiving Yards 1,807
Rushing TD's 13
TD receptions 9

Anderson Sidney "Andy" Johnson (October 18, 1952 – May 16, 2018) was an American football running back in the National Football League during the 1970s.

Education[edit]

He was a 1970 graduate of Athens High School, now Clarke Central High School, in Athens, Georgia where he played quarterback. He then attended the University of Georgia.

Sports career[edit]

Johnson earned Georgia football and baseball letters in 1971, 1972, & 1973. He played quarterback as a sophomore, leading the Bulldogs to an 11-1 record, passing for 341 yards and rushing for 870 yards. In 1973, he passed for 506 yards for the season. He had 431 rush attempts for 1799 yards during his Georgia career becoming one of the top five SEC rushing quarterbacks for a career. He played shortstop for the Georgia baseball team.

He was drafted by the New England Patriots in 1974 in the 5th round of the NFL Draft, pick 112 overall. He played running back with the Patriots his entire pro career from 1974 to 1982. Johnson's best season was in 1976 when he scored 10 total touchdowns and had 1,042 combined yards of rushing and receiving while the Patriots finished 2nd in the AFC East which was good enough for a playoff spot. In his game against the Raiders in the Divisional round, he rushed for 32 yards on 14 carries with one touchdown, though they lost the game 24-21 amid dubious penalty calling. His productivity declined after the 1978 season, a season in which he was one of four players on the team who rushed for over 500 yards (Sam Cunningham, Horace Ivory and quarterback Steve Grogan). Over the next four seasons, he rushed for only 159 yards combined. He played one season with the Boston Breakers of the USFL before retiring. He was named to the New England Patriots All-1970s Team in 2009.

He was a 1996 inductee into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and 2000 inductee into the Athens Athletic Hall of Fame. He was vice-president of the Georgia Lettermen's Club.

Death[edit]

Johnson died on May 16, 2018, age 65, from a lengthy undisclosed illness. He is survived by his wife Charlotte and their three children.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Former UGA football great Andy Johnson dies". Gwinnett Daily Post. May 16, 2018. Retrieved May 16, 2018. 

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