Fred Bohannon

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Fred Bohannon
No. 23
Position: Defensive back/ Kickoff returner
Personal information
Born: May 31, 1958
Birmingham, Alabama
Died: February 8, 1999(1999-02-08) (aged 40)
Birmingham, Alabama
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 201 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school: Woodlawn High School (Birmingham, Alabama)
College: Mississippi Valley State
Undrafted: 1982
Career history
Roster status: retired
Career NFL statistics as of Week 9, 1982
Games Played: 7
Games Started: 0
Kick Returns / Yds: 14 / 329
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Frederick Jerome Bohannon (May 31, 1958 – February 8, 1999[1]) was an American football defensive back who played one season in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Early life[edit]

Bohannon was born in Birmingham, Alabama and attended Woodlawn High School.[2] He matriculated at Mississippi Valley State University.[2]

Pro football career[edit]

Bohannon signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League prior to the 1982 NFL Draft.[3] He quickly became disenchanted with his situation in Toronto and asked the team for his release. His request was granted after the team's second exhibition game.[3]

Shortly after leaving Toronto, Bohannon contacted the Pittsburgh Steelers who signed him.[3] He was on the Steelers roster for seven games in the strike-shortened 1982 season. He was used primarily on special teams as a kickoff returner and in kick coverage.[4] Bohannon was placed on the Steelers injured reserve list prior to the 1983 season due to a thigh injury[5][6] and he never again played for the team.

Bohannon later caught on with his hometown Birmingham Stallions of the United States Football League[7] in 1984. He was cut by the Stallions in January 1985.[8]

He attended training camp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1985, but was cut prior to the start of the season.[9]

Post-football life[edit]

After leaving football, Bohannon attended the police academy in Birmingham.[10]


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  3. ^ a b c Clayton, John (July 28, 1982). "Free Agent Gets Wish...The Hard Way". Pittsburgh Press. pp. C–1, C–5. Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  4. ^ O'Brien, Jim (December 9, 1982). "Steelers' Special Efforts Up To Little Guys". Pittsburgh Press. pp. C–9. Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "Deals". The Ledger. August 17, 1983. pp. 2D. Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  6. ^ Tuma, Gary (August 19, 1983). "Steelers: Few Happy Returns". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 14. Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  7. ^ Utterback, Bill (March 11, 1984). "Fans set to welcome Maulers, and boo Stoudt". The Beaver County Times. pp. C5. Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  8. ^ Smith, Tom (January 30, 1985). "Carruth signs with Stallions". TimesDaily. pp. 1D. Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  9. ^ "Tampa Bay cuts seven". Star-Banner. August 5, 1985. Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  10. ^ "Rigors of Training". The Gadsden Times. April 26, 1986. pp. B3. Retrieved 26 February 2010.