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Gary Johnson

Defensive Tackle

Gary Lynn Johnson

Inducted 1997

Date of Birth



Shreveport, LA


Grambling State University (1971-1974)


Gary "Big Hands" Johnson stood 6-feet, 3-inches in height, weighed 260 pounds, and played defensive tackle for Grambling. The Tigers had a 41-6 record in his four years. They won or shared the conference championship all four years. He was named All-America on numerous levels, NAIA, Black College and College Division (FCS) In 1974, he had 134 tackles, 89 unassisted, and was named the team's Most Valuable Player. After the 1974 season, he played in the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl and was named Most Valuable Player in both. He was a three-time All-Southwestern Athletic Conference choice. He played 11 years with San Diego and San Francisco in the National Football League and was in four Pro Bowls.


Height 6'3

Weight 260

Career Highlights

  • 1974 All-Conference
  • 1974 First Team All-America (Div II, HBCU)
  • 1973 All-Conference
  • 1973 First Team All-America (NAIA, HBCU)
  • 1972 All-Conference
  • 1972 First Team All-America (College Div, NAIA, HBCU)
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