Johnny Counts
Date of birth: (1939-02-28)February 28, 1939
Place of birth: Mount Pleasant, New York
Date of death: February 21, 2004(2004-02-21) (aged 64)
Place of death: Newburgh, New York[1]
Career information
Position(s): RB
Playing stats at

Johnny E. Counts, Jr. (February 28, 1939 – February 21, 2004) was a professional football player and running back in the NFL and the Canadian Football League (CFL).[2]

Education and careerEdit

Counts was an All-County running back at New Rochelle High School in 1957.[3] He attended the University of Illinois, where he was selected as a Big Ten "Sophomore of the Year" in 1960.[3]

In the 1962 draft of the American Football League, he was selected in round 24 and 189th overall by the New York Giants (then the New York Titans).[1]

He also played in the Canadian Football League for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Toronto Argonauts. He played with the Tiger-Cats from 1964 to 1965, during which he scored a touchdown in the 52nd Grey Cup, in which the BC Lions beat Hamilton 34–24.[4][5] 53rd Grey Cup champion (1965) He played for the Argonauts in 1966.


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