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Memorial Service Set for Johnson

Posted by Taylor Price on June 6, 2011 – 3:49 PM

A memorial service has been set for San Francisco 49ers great John Henry Johnson, who passed away on Friday, June 3, 2011.

JUNE 16 UPDATE: Johnson’s memorial service will take place Saturday, June 18th at 10:30 a.m. at Pittsburg High School in Pittsburg, CA.

Johnson played three seasons for the 49ers (1954-56) and was joined in “The Million Dollar Backfield” by three Hall of Famers – Joe Perry, Hugh McElhenny and Y.A. Tittle. For three seasons, the four playmakers challenged opposing defenses with their formidable attack. The group remains the only full-house backfield to have all four of its members enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

A four-time Pro Bowler (1954, 1962-64), Johnson’s 6,803 career rushing yards trailed only Jim Brown, Jim Taylor and former 49er Joe Perry, upon his retirement in 1966. Known as a workhorse running back at 6’2” and 210 pounds, Johnson was also a productive receiver, having caught 186 passes for 1,478 yards. He totaled 55 touchdowns during his career.


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