American Football Database
American Football Database
Dale Johnson
Date of birth: (1902-08-15)August 15, 1902
Place of birth: Rock Island, Illinois
Date of death: April 24, 1963(1963-04-24) (aged 60)
Place of death: Muscatine, Iowa
Career information

Dale Johnson was a local businessman in Rock Island, Illinois, who is best known for his role in the ownership of the Rock Island Independents of the National Football League from 1923 until 1925. He took over the team from Walter Flanigan after Flanigan decided to refocus all of his time on his insurance and real estate businesses.

Once he became owner of the team, Johnson made Vince McCarthy, the team's back-up quarterback, his new general manager. He also signed the legendary Jim Thorpe to the team in 1924. After the 1925 season, Johnson moved the team to the rivial American Football League. Johnson felt that the AFL, which featured Red Grange, would out perform the NFL. He even signed Elmer Layden, one of the legendary Four Horsemen of Notre Dame. However a lack of revenue prevented Johnson from signing and retaining many of his players. As a result, the Independents franchise folded after the 1926 season.