“Touchdown, Andy Johnson....My God, Georgia just beat Tennessee in Knoxville!!”
For the not so seasoned generation of Georgia fans (yours truly was born a few weeks before Herschel ran over Bill Bates), there’s a generation of players that you hear of by way of stories, scattered video clips or audio tidbits.
You know they were great. Their spot in record books and lore backs it up. But you never truly get a handle on how iconic they were.
That’s where Andy Johnson ranks.
For most fans of a younger generation, your first knowledge of Johnson is that Munson clip from 1973, one that was Munson’s ‘he’s one of us Georgia fans moments’ instead of that guy who came from Nashville.
For Johnson, the legacy goes far beyond that.
As a sophomore, he led the 1971 team in running, passing and scoring...the only blip being a loss to Auburn. He certainly set a good example to emulate - one of his backups with Ray Goff, who later led Georgia to an SEC title.
By the time he left Athens, his 1,799 rushing yards were the most of any Georgia quarterback, quite the feat given that quarterbacks did a lot more running in offenses back then.
Johnson’s most impressive feat may have been after he left Athens. He made an nine-year career as a running back in the NFL - yes, a running back.
For a lot of players, a position change is a disaster in the NFL. Guys like Matt Jones flamed out after a move from quarterback to receiver. Nick Marshall didn’t last as a defensive back. Tim Tebow may still be in the NFL had he been open to a position change.
Johnson? He thrived in it, cementing an incredible legacy as a DGD.
It’s extremely fitting that he’ll be buried one long touchdown catch and run from where he wowed so many at Sanford Stadium.
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