49ers Hall of Fame defensive back Jimmy Johnson dies at 86


Corridor of Fame defensive again Jimmy Johnson died Wednesday on the age of 86.

Johnson was a star for the San Francisco 49ers, who drafted him sixth general in 1961.

He lived as much as his draft inventory, incomes a bust in Canton in 1994.

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San Francisco 49ers Corridor of Fame soccer participant Jimmy Johnson, left, is honored by proprietor Jed York earlier than a recreation between the 49ers and St. Louis Rams in San Francisco, Dec. 4, 2011. (AP Picture/Paul Sakuma)

“Jimmy Johnson was terribly athletically proficient,” Corridor of Fame President Jim Porter mentioned. “The 49ers loved the posh of utilizing him on offense and protection early in his profession to fill crew wants. As soon as he settled in at left cornerback, he flourished. The notion {that a} ‘lockdown’ cornerback may reduce the sector in half for the opposition was true with Jimmy. Solely hardly ever would different groups’ quarterbacks even look his path and, as a rule, regretted the choice in the event that they challenged him.”

Johnson made an impression on protection in his rookie season, recording 5 interceptions, however San Fran moved him to huge receiver the following season.

Jimmy Johnson with ball

Cornerback Jimmy Johnson (37) of the San Francisco 49ers returns an interception towards the St. Louis Cardinals at Candlestick Park Oct. 6, 1974, in San Francisco.   (Michael Zagaris/Getty Photos)

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Even there, he was serviceable, catching 34 passes (11 of them in a single recreation) for 626 yards, however he moved again to protection the following season, the place he remained for the remainder of his illustrious profession.

Johnson was a second-team All-Professional in 1965 and 1966, then a first-teamer from 1970 to 1972. He made 5 Professional Bowls from 1969 to 1974.

His 47 profession interceptions are the second-most in franchise historical past, behind solely Ronnie Lott’s 51. He additionally trails Lott (643) in return yards on picks (615). He’s a member of the All-Decade Staff of the Seventies.

Jimmy Johnson old photo

Corridor of Fame defensive again Jimmy Johnson of the San Francisco 49ers.  (Dennis Desprois/Getty Photos)

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The brother of Olympic decathlon champion Rafer Johnson, Jimmy Johnson performed two methods at UCLA. He was a wingback on offense and a defensive again, whereas additionally competing in observe as a hurdler and broad jumper.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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