Dennis Johnson (fullback)

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Dennis Johnson
Date of birth (1956-02-26) February 26, 1956 (age 61)
Place of birth Weir, Mississippi
Career information
Position(s) Fullback
College Mississippi State
NFL draft 1978 / Round: 3 / Pick: 59
Career history
As player
1978–1979 Buffalo Bills
1980–1981 New York Giants
1983 Boston Breakers
1984 Pittsburgh Maulers
Records Miss. State freshman rushing record in a single game (174)
Career stats

Dennis D. Johnson (born February 26, 1956 in Weir, Mississippi) is a former American football fullback in the National Football League for the Buffalo Bills and New York Giants. He played college football at Mississippi State University and was drafted in the third round of the 1978 NFL Draft.

Professional career[edit]

Buffalo Bills[edit]

The Buffalo Bills selected him in the 3rd round (59th overall) of the 1978 NFL Draft. He played in 16 games during their 1978 season and in the first three games of their 1979 season. On October 6, 1979, Johnson was placed on the injured reserve list with a knee injury for the remainder of the 1979 season. The Bills released him on September 3, 1980.[1]

New York Giants[edit]

Johnson signed with the New York Giants as a tight end on December 3, 1980 and he played in the final two games of the 1980 season.[2] He returned in 1981, but was placed on the injured reserve list with a knee problem on August 3, 1981 through the entire 1981 season.[3]

Boston/New Orleans Breakers[edit]

On February 3, 1983, he signed with the Boston Breakers of the United States Football League. During the Breakers' 1983 season, he rushed for 165 yards on 44 carries with one touchdown and had one touchdown reception.[4] He also scored on a two-point conversion. The Breakers cut him on January 28, 1984.[5]

Pittsburgh Maulers[edit]

On June 7, 1984, Johnson signed with the Pittsburgh Maulers of the United States Football League.[4]


  1. ^ Transactions Reading Eagle, accessed April 1, 2012
  2. ^ Ailing Giants add five players Record-Journal, December 4, 1980, accessed April 2, 2012
  3. ^ Bench Warmer Eddie Hill May Solve Miami Problem Herald-Journal August 5, 1981, accessed April 2, 2012
  4. ^ a b Correal shocked by release Pittsburgh Press, accessed April 1, 2012
  5. ^ Former Ag grinder signs with Breakers Deseret News, accessed April 1, 2012