212. Billy "White Shoes" Johnson

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212. Billy "White Shoes" Johnson

A 15th Round Pick from Widener, Billy "White Shoes" Johnson would become one of the most exciting players in the National Football League almost as soon as he arrived.  Chosen by the Houston Oilers, Johnson played at Wide Receiver (accumulating 4,211 Yards with 25 Touchdowns over his career), but it was as a Returner where he excelled and made magic happen. 

As a rookie (1974), he would lead the NFL in Return Yards (1,194), and he would finish in the top five in that stat the next three years.  Johnson would become known for his touchdown dances (he is believed to have been the first to do that) and bright white shoes (hence the nickname).

After his run with the Oilers ended in 1980, he would play a season in the Canadian Football League and would return to play five seasons with the Atlanta Falcons and another with the Washington Redskins.  Johnson would go to three Pro Bowls (two with Houston and one with Atlanta) and had 10,785 All-Purpose Yards over his career.

Johnson would be named to both the 1970s and 1980s All-Decade Team.  How many Hall of Famers can say that they have been selected to two of them?

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Boothwyn, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Saturday, 01 January 1994
  • Position: Punt Returner, Wide Receiver
  • Played For: Atlanta Falcons, Houston Oilers, Washington Redskins
  • College: Alabama
  • Drafted: 15th Round, 365th Overall in 1974
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    First Team All-Pro (1977)
    Second Team All-Pro (1983)
    Pro Bowl (1975, 1977 & 1983)
    Yards per Return (1975 & 1977)
    Return Yards (1974)
    Super Bowl Rings (None)

  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten Finishes: All-Purpose Yards (4) (1974, 1975, 1976 & 1977)
    Top Ten Finishes: Kick Returns (4) (1974, 1975, 1976 & 1977)
    Top Ten Finishes: Kick Return Yards (3) (1974, 1975 & 1977)
    Top Ten Finishes: Yards per Kick Return (2) (1974 & 1977)
    Top Ten Finishes: Punt Returns (6) (1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1982 & 1983)
    Top Ten Finishes: Punt Return Yards (6) (1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1982 & 1983)
    Top Ten Finishes: Yards per Punt Return (6) (1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1982 & 1983)
    Top Ten Finishes: Returns (4) (1974, 1975, 1976 & 1977)
    Top Ten Finishes: Return Yards (4) (1974, 1975, 1976 & 1977)

  • Notable All Time Rankings: 7. Punt Return Yards: 3,317
    8. Yards per Punt Return: 11.8
    13. Punt Returns: 282
    28. Returns: 405
    37. Return Yards: 6,258

Should Billy "White Shoes" johnson be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 88.9%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 11.1%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%
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0 #1 Chuck Peterson 2020-05-19 23:25
College Hall of Fame
NFL Comeback Player of the Year (1983)
NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team
NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team
NFL 1970s All-Decade Team
NFL 1980s All-Decade Team
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