Former Georgia baseball and football star Andy Johnson died today. The former Bulldogs quarterback was 65 years old. He passed after a lengthy battle with illness.
Johnson is considered one of the top overall athletes in Georgia football history. The Athens native built his reputation before becoming a Bulldog, as an All-American quarterback, and a top local player in baseball, basketball, and track. He went on to play two sports at UGA.
After a successful stint on the freshman team, before first-year players were allowed to play varsity, Johnson was the team's quarterback from 1971-73. During his career, he threw for 1,518 yards and nine touchdowns.
His more impressive output was on the ground. Johnson ran for 1,799 yards and 21 touchdowns, both school records for a quarterback.
Georgia confirmed the news that former star Andy Johnson died with a release this morning.
According to the school, services will be held in Athens over the weekend. From the release:
Visitation is scheduled for Saturday, May 19, from 3-5 p.m. at Bernstein Funeral Home in Athens. A graveside service will be held Sunday, May 20, at 3:30 p.m. at the Oconee Hill Cemetery in Athens.
Johnson was drafted by the Atlanta Braves out of high school, but elected to attend Georgia instead. After his college career, he was taken in the fifth round of the NFL Draft by the Patriots.
He played seven seasons at running back for the Pats, topping out at a career high 699 yards and six touchdowns in 1976. He finished his professional football career with the USFL's Boston Breakers, for whom he played one season.
He finished with 3,914 total yards from scrimmage and 22 touchdowns during his NFL career. We wish his family the best during this trying time.