Essex L. Johnson
No. 19     
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1946-10-15) October 15, 1946 (age 74)
Place of birth: Shreveport, Louisiana
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Weight: 201 lb (91 kg)
Career information
College: Grambling State
NFL Draft: 1968 / Round: 6 / Pick: 156
Debuted in 1968 for the Cincinnati Bengals
Last played in 1976 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Career history
* Cincinnati Bengals (1968- 1975)
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Career NFL statistics as of 1976
Carries     722
Rushing yards     3,236
Average     4.5
Rushing touchdowns     19
Stats at
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Essex L. Johnson (born October 15, 1946 in Shreveport, Louisiana) is a former professional American football running back for eight seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals and one season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Essex was drafted in the 6th round (154th overall) of the 1968 Common Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. Essex was drafted as a defensive back from Grambling, but was converted to halfback once in the NFL. He played for the Bengals from 1968 to 1975, and left as their career rushing leader. Selected by the Buccaneers in the 1976 NFL Expansion Draft, he was the expansion Bucs' third-leading rusher, with 166 yards on 47 carries, but was waived early in 1977.[1]

See also


  1. Associated Press. "Johnson, Moore Waived By Bucs". The Lakeland Ledger. 27 Feb 1977

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