- Ron Johnson (running back)
October 17, 1947
Jersey #= 30
NCAAsingle game rushing yards (1968-1971)
Cleveland Browns New York Giants
Ronald Johnson (born
October 17, 1947in Detroit, Michigan) is a former professional American footballhalfback. He played footballat the University of Michiganand then with the Cleveland Brownsand the New York Giantsof the National Football League.
Johnson finished sixth in the 1968
Heisman Trophyvoting. He was Michigan’s top student-athlete (1966-1968)where he received the Big 10 Medal (awarded to the most outstanding scholar-athlete in the school) and earned All-Americanhonors his senior year at Michigan as a halfback. He also set the school record by rushing for 347 yards against Wisconsin in 1968, a record that still stands. In fact, Johnson still owns two of the top five single-game rushing performances in school history as follows:
[cite web|url=http://stats.ath.umich.edu/football/footstart.php|title=Michigan Football Statistic Archive Query Page|accessdate=2007-12-06|publisher=Regents of the University of Michigan|date=2003]
After graduating from Michigan with a Business degree, Johnson played for seven years (1969-1975) in the NFL as a first-round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns and as an
MVPrunning back for the New York Giants. Ron rushed for 1,000 yards in 1970 and 1972, the first two 1,000-yard seasons in Giants history. Ironically those were the only 2 winning seasons the Giants had between 1964 and 1980.
In 2006, Johnson was named the chairman of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, becoming the organization’s fifth chairman in 59 years. He was inducted into the
College Football Hall of Famein 1992.
Johnson is a graduate of Michigan's
Ross School of Business(1969). His brother, Alex Johnson, was a professional baseballplayer.
Johnson is a member of
Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter organization established for African Americans. [http://www.collegefootball.org/news.php?id=836]
University of Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor
Lists of Michigan Wolverines football rushing leaders
History of the New York Giants (1925-1978)
* [http://www.collegefootball.org/famersearch.php?id=60045 College Football Hall of Fame Biography]
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