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15. Vaughan Johnson

Vaughan Johnson was like Sam Mills; in that, he was in the USFL first before latching on with the New Orleans Saints in 1986.

Johnson did not start in his first year in the NFL, but in his second, he was a valued member of New Orleans' "Dome Patrol," along with Rickey Jackson, Mills, and Pat Swilling.  Johnson played at Right Inside Linebacker, controlling the interior, and going to four straight Pro Bowls (1989-92) along the way.  In three separate seasons, Johnson would reach 100 Tackles.  Notably, he was also a Second Team All-Pro in 1989.

He left the Saints for one final year in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles.  With New Orleans, Johnson had 12 Sacks and 664 Tackles.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Linebacker
  • Acquired: Signed before the 1986 Season.
  • Departed: Signed with the Philadelphia Eagles after the 1993 season.
  • Games Played: 120
  • Notable Statistics:

    98 Games Started
    4 Interceptions
    68 Interception Return Yards
    11 Forced Fumbles
    5 Fumble Recoveries
    -1 Fumble Recovery Yards
    12 Quarterback Sacks
    664 Combined Tackles
    69 Approximate Value

  • Played For: New Orleans Saints
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Second Team All-Pro (1989)
    Pro Bowl (1989, 1990, 1991 & 1992)

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