Vaughan Johnson

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Vaughan Johnson
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Personal information
Born:(1962-03-24)March 24, 1962
Morehead City, North Carolina
Died:December 12, 2019(2019-12-12) (aged 57)
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school:Morehead City (NC) West Carteret
College:North Carolina State
Supplemental draft:1984 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Forced fumbles:11
Player stats at

Vaughan Monroe Johnson (March 24, 1962 – December 12, 2019) was an American professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for the New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles. He also was a member of the Jacksonville Bulls in the United States Football League (USFL). He played college football at North Carolina State University.

Early years[edit]

Johnson attended West Carteret High School. He accepted a football scholarship from North Carolina State University.

Professional career[edit]

Johnson was selected by the Jacksonville Bulls in the 1984 USFL Territorial Draft, where he played the 1984 and 1985 USFL seasons.

He was also selected by the New Orleans Saints fifteenth overall in the 1984 NFL Supplemental Draft of USFL and CFL Players. He joined the Saints to play the 1986 NFL season after the USFL folded.

He was a four-time Pro Bowler from 1989 to 1992 while with the Saints and also a member of the vaunted Dome Patrol linebacker corps. In 2011, he was selected for the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.[1]


Johnson died from kidney disease on December 12, 2019, at age 57.[2] Johnson is survived by his wife Shirley, three sons Brandon, Bryan, Michael and a daughter Vonda as well as three grandchildren.


  1. ^ Sheldon Mickles, "Johnson was integral to Saints' rise to elite", Daily World (Opelousas, La.), June 15, 2011.
  2. ^ Williams, Charean (December 13, 2019). "Saints Hall of Famer Vaughan Johnson dies at 57". NBC Sports. Retrieved December 13, 2019.