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Steelers Statement on Death of John Henry Johnson

 

We are deeply saddened by the death of John Henry Johnson. He was one of the Steelers’ great running backs, evident by being the team’s first 1,000-yard rusher in 1962. Also known for being one of the greatest blocking backs of his era, John Henry was one of the first in a long line of Steelers’ Hall of Famers. The entire Steelers organization sends its condolences to the Johnson family for the loss of one of the great players in team history.

 

 

Good Night, John Henry, and Thank You.

John Henry Johnson died over the weekend in California at the age of 81. Johnson, along with Big Daddy Lipscomb, was my first Steelers hero, and for many good reasons. Johnson was a fullback in a halfback's body. He was 6-2, 210 pounds and one of the most complete backs in NFL history. He would run through you, around you, had great moves in the open field, had soft hands as an excellent receiver and no one, and I mean no one, ever blocked better as a running back. Bobby Layne loved having John Henry in the backfield on passing plays. Respected by everyone, Johnson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of fame in 1987.

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