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Jimmy Johnson


James Edward Johnson

Inducted 1969

Date of Birth



Edgerton, WI


Carlisle Indian Industrial School (1899-1903)

Northwestern University (1904-1905)


James Johnson played college football for seven years. His first stint was at Carlisle Indian School from 1899 to 1903, and he was named All-America quarterback in 1903 by Walter Camp and a third-team All-America in 1901. Camp based his first-team selection on a remarkable game he witnessed when Carlisle played Harvard. Johnson was small (5'7, 138 lbs.) fiery, and a leader. He was Carlisle captain in 1903 as Carlisle went 11-2-1. He enrolled at Northwestern University's School of Dentistry and played on Northwestern's 1904-05 teams. In 1904, he scored a touchdown that helped NU beat Illinois 12-6 in the last game played at Sheppard Field. In 1905, he helped dedicate a new stadium, seating 13,000, on Central Street in Evanston, as Northwestern beat Beloit 18-2. Johnson scored a touchdown and ran for 200 yards. He returned to Carlisle as assistant coach in 1906. Then he became a dental surgeon in San Juan, Puerto Rico.


Height 5'7

Weight 138

Career Highlights

  • 1903 Consensus All-America
  • 1901 Third Team All-America
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