Ex-49ers’ John Henry Johnson dies

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Santa Clara, CA - Former San Francisco 49ers fullback John Henry Johnson died Friday at the age of 81.

Johnson, a member of the famed "Million Dollar Backfield" passed away in Tracy, California, according to a statement released by the 49ers on Saturday.

Johnson, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, ran for 6,803 yards and totaled 55 touchdowns in a 14-year career, culminating in his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction in 1987.

"I was deeply saddened to hear of John Henry Johnson's passing," said 49ers owner and co-chairman John York. "He was a good friend, not only to my family and me, but the entire 49ers organization. As a member of "The Million Dollar Backfield" he holds a cherished place in both 49ers and NFL history. His contributions to the game of football will be forever celebrated. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the entire Johnson family."

Johnson played three seasons for the 49ers (1954-56) and had stints with the Detroit Lions (1957-59), the Pittsburgh Steelers (1960-65) and the Houston Oilers (1966) of the American Football League.


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