Hall of Famer John Henry Johnson passes away

Hall of Fame running back John Henry Johnson passed away Friday at the age of 81.

The San Jose Mercury News reported that Johnson, a star with the San Francisco 49ers and a member of the “Million Dollar Backfield,” passed away after an extended illness.

Johnson was a member of the title winning Detroit Lions in 1957 and had his best statistical seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he was best known for his time with the Niners. He was part of what was considered the best backfield in the league with recently deceased Joe “The Jet” Perry, Hugh McElhenny and quarterback Y.A. Tittle.

When Johnson retired following the 1966 season, only Jim Brown, Jim Taylor and Perry had more career rushing yards. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987.

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