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Bill Johnson
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1960-10-31) October 31, 1960 (age 59)
Place of birth: Poughkeepsie, New York
Career information
College: Arkansas State
NFL Draft: 1984 / Round: 2 (supplemental) / Pick: 38
Debuted in 1984 for the [[{{{debutteam}}}]]
Last played in 1987 for the [[{{{finalteam}}}]]
Career history
Career highlights and awards
17th round draft choice, 1984 USFL Draft
Rushing yards     475
Average     5.5
Touchdowns     1
Stats at

William Thomas Johnson (born October 31, 1960 in Poughkeepsie, New York) is a former professional American football player from 1984 to 1987 in both the USFL and the NFL.

Primarily a running back, Johnson played college football at Arkansas State University, lettering in 1979, 1980 and 1982.[1] Following his collegiate career, he was drafted by the Denver Gold in the 17th round in the 1984 USFL Draft.

Johnson played two years with the Gold. In his first season, he rushed the ball 36 times for 126 yards and two touchdowns (and another touchdown receiving).[2] In the Gold's final season, he finished 1985 as the 3rd highest rusher in the league with 1261 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also caught 29 passes for 337 yards and another touchdown.[3]

Johnson was selected by the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals in the second round (38th pick) of the 1984 NFL Supplemental Draft of USFL players.[4] After the USFL folded, Johnson joined the Bengals, where he played from 1985-1987. During his NFL career, he amassed 475 yards on 85 carries and scored one touchdown.


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