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Ernie Johnson (American football)

Ernie Johnson
Born Ernest Cowan Johnson
January 29, 1926
Berkeley, California
Died June 13, 2010(2010-06-13) (aged 84)
Sacramento, California
Nationality American
Alma mater UCLA
Known for American football, basketball, rugby

Ernie Johnson (January 29, 1926 – June 13, 2010) was a four-letter American football player at UCLA in the 1946–1949 seasons.[1][2]

As a running back, he led the team in scoring during his first season. His final season was the first of head coach Red Sanders, who made Johnson the single-wing tailback.

Johnson also played rugby at UCLA. He also played basketball under coach John Wooden in the 1948–1950 seasons.

In 1999, Johnson was inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame.

He was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1950 NFL draft, but never played in the NFL.

Notes

  1. ^ Obituary Sacramento Bee, June 15, 2010; page 3C.
  2. ^ Obituary Los Angeles Times, June 19, 2010; page AA7.
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