Rick Johnson - Quarterback - 1985-1988 - Southern Illinois
Rick Johnson was a tall strong armed quarterback out of Southern Illinois. Johnson set a number of school records while at Carbendale, Illinois. The blond pivot was a 2nd round pick of the Los Angeles Rams in the 1984 NFL draft but he signed with the USFL Oklahoma Outlaws and spent 1 season with the club.
In 1985, Johnson joined the CFL and the Calgary Stampeders where he split duties with Greg Vavra as the Stampeders struggled to just 3 victories. Johnson showed promise and was the Stampeders starting quarterback in 1986 when he posted terrific totals with 4,379 yards and 31 touchdowns as he topped the league with 602 pass attempts. Johnson was named a CFL All-Star as the team flourished with an 11-7 revord, an improvement of 8 wins.
Injuries would slow Johnson in 1987 as he would never regain his form of 1986. In 10 games in 1987 he threw 17 interceptions. Injuries would again hamper Johnson in 1988 as he left football for a while. Rick had in his mind to pursue acting when the Toronto Argonauts coaxed him out of semi-retirement to join the Boatmen in 1989, in 6 games he posted strong totals with 628 yards and 7 touchdowns. He would lead Toronto in the playoffs where they were defeated by Winnipeg 30-7.
After the 1989 season Johnsons had his mind made up and left football for good – moving to Hollywood. He was included in the multi-player deal to bring Matt Dunigan to Toronto from British Columbia but would never don the Lions jersey.
Rick Johnson has made his mark as an actor with a number of small roles including in football movies Jerry Maguire and Any Given Sunday, he continues to work as a producer and Actor.
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