John Didion

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John Didion
No. 51
Position: Center
Personal information
Born: (1947-10-24)October 24, 1947
Woodland, California
Died: December 10, 2013(2013-12-10) (aged 66)
Portland, Oregon
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school: Woodland (CA)
College: Oregon State
NFL Draft: 1969 / Round: 7 / Pick: 173
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

John Lawrence Didion (October 24, 1947 – December 10, 2013) was an American football player, a Center in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins and New Orleans Saints from 1969 to 1974.

Early years[edit]

Born and raised in Woodland, California, Didion played college football at Oregon State University under head coach Dee Andros and was a consensus All-American.

NFL career[edit]

Selected in the seventh round of the 1969 NFL/AFL Draft, Didion played his first two seasons in the NFL for the Redskins under head coaches Vince Lombardi and Bill Austin. He was traded in January 1971 by new head coach George Allen to the Saints in the deal which brought quarterback Billy Kilmer to the "Over the Hill Gang."

After football[edit]

From 1998 to 2010, Didion was the sheriff of Pacific County, Washington.[1]

Didion died at age 66 in Portland, Oregon.[2]


  1. ^ "Pacific County Sheriff's Office". Pacific County Sheriff's Office. Retrieved 2008-12-24. 
  2. ^ "Former Beavers All-American center John Didion dies at 66". Albany Democrat Herald. December 12, 1963. 

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