Johnny Earl Roland (born May 21, 1943) is a former American football player and coach. He played as a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1966 to 1972 and the New York Giants in 1973. Roland played college football at the University of Missouri, where he was a consensus All-American in 1965 as a defensive back. After his playing days, he served as an assistant coach with the number of NFL teams and at the University of Notre Dame. Roland was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1998.
|Born:||May 21, 1943|
Corpus Christi, Texas
|AFL draft||1965 / Round: Red Shirt 1 / Pick: 4|
|Drafted by||New York Jets|
|NFL draft||1965 / Round: 4 / Pick: 54|
|1974||Green Bay Packers (assistant)|
|1975||Notre Dame (assistant)|
|1976–1978||Philadelphia Eagles (RB)|
|1983–1992||Chicago Bears (RB)|
|1993–1994||New York Jets (RB)|
|1995–1996||St. Louis Rams (RB)|
|1997–2003||Arizona Cardinals (RB)|
|2004||Green Bay Packers (RB)|
|2005||New Orleans Saints (assistant)|
|1966–1972||St. Louis Cardinals|
|1973||New York Giants|
|Career highlights and awards|
Roland played college football at the University of Missouri. In 1962, he rushed for 830 yards, seventh best total in the nation, and scored 78 points, ninth in the nation. This rushing total included 155 yards against Oklahoma State University and 104 against Iowa State University. One of his most notable games that season was his first varsity game, where he rushed for 171 yards and three touchdowns. That season, Roland earned his first All-Big Eight Conference honor.
Thought to have stolen a pair of tires, Roland was forced to leave the team and the school during the 1963 season and worked that year in Kansas City. He was welcomed back to the team in 1964 and was moved to the defensive back position. He led his team to a 6–3–1 record and was again chosen as an All-Big Eight Conference player. In 1965, Roland led the Tigers to an 8–2–1 record and a victory in the 1966 Sugar Bowl over the Florida Gators, 20–18. That season, he was named the team's captain, was voted a College All-American, and again was on the All-Big Eight team. By being named the captain of the 1965 team, Roland was the first African-American to serve as the captain for any University of Missouri athletic team.
Roland was drafted in the fourth round of the 1965 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals and was named UPI NFL-NFC Rookie of the Year in 1966. He played for seven seasons with the Cardinals, and he became the franchise's leading rusher (since broken). He then went on to play for one season with the New York Giants. Roland played in 103 NFL games, during which he rushed for 3,750 yards and 28 touchdowns on 1,015 attempts, caught 153 passes for 1,430 yards and six touchdowns, returned 49 punts for 452 yards with two touchdowns, returned 22 kickoffs for 444 yards, and completed five of 13 passes for 130 yards and one touchdown.
Roland's former college coach, Dan Devine, hired Roland to be the Green Bay Packers special assignments coach in 1974. While there, he coordinated some of the first computer programs used by Packers coaches, as well as scouting college talent and coaching.
Roland was the running backs coach for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1976 to 1978 under head coach Dick Vermeil. During his time there, Roland coached Wilbert Montgomery, who helped lead Philadelphia to Super Bowl XV and remains the Eagles' all-time leading rusher.
Roland was hired by Chicago Bears head coach Mike Ditka in 1983 to help coach running back Walter Payton, who at the time stood 2,108 yards from Jim Brown's NFL rushing record and then broke the mark in 1984. Roland also coached Payton's successor Neal Anderson, whom Roland coached into the Bears' second all-time leading rusher. The Bears during Roland's tenure led the league in rushing four times, and finished among the top three in seven of his 11 seasons. From 1984 to 1988, Chicago rushed for 160.9 yards per game, went 62–17 (.785), made the playoffs five straight years and won Super Bowl XX.
Roland was the running backs coach for the New York Jets from 1993 to 1994.
Roland joined the Arizona Cardinals in 1997. During his final season with the Cardinals in 2003, he coached Emmitt Smith who was traded by the Dallas Cowboys in the offseason. By coaching Smith, Roland became the only coach to work with the two all-time leading NFL rushers (Payton and Smith).
Roland started his second stint with Green Bay in 2004 as the coach for Ahman Green, who was the National Football Conference's leading rusher in 2003 and second all-time leading rusher in franchise history. Roland coached in Green Bay for only one season before being hired by the New Orleans Saints. He left the Packers because he reportedly had differences with head coach Mike Sherman and the Packers had reservations about Roland's work ethic.
Roland lives in Tempe, Arizona, and has two sons, Johnny, Jr. and James, and one daughter, Cynnamon. He owned part of a radio station, KIRL, in St. Louis, until it filed for bankruptcy in 2004. He also owns WRBZ in Wetumpka, Alabama.
The 1962 All-Big Eight Conference football team consists of American football players chosen by various organizations for All-Big Eight Conference teams for the 1962 college football season. The selectors for the 1962 season included the Associated Press (AP) and the United Press International (UPI). Players selected as first-team players by both the AP and UPI are designated in bold.1962 Missouri Tigers football team
The 1962 Missouri Tigers football team was an American football team that represented the University of Missouri in the Big Eight Conference (Big 8) during the 1962 college football season. The team compiled an 8–1–2 record (5–1–1 against Big 8 opponents), finished in second place in the Big 8, and outscored opponents by a combined total of 204 to 62. Dan Devine was the head coach for the fifth of 13 seasons. The team played its home games at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri.
The team's statistical leaders included Johnny Roland with 830 rushing yards, 850 yards of total offense, and 78 points, Jim Johnson with 198 passing yards, Bill Tobin with 75 receiving yards, and Bill Tobin with 38 point scored.1964 All-Big Eight Conference football team
The 1964 All-Big Eight Conference football team consists of American football players chosen by various organizations for All-Big Eight Conference teams for the 1964 college football season. The selectors for the 1964 season included the Associated Press (AP) and the United Press International (UPI). Players selected as first-team players by both the AP and UPI are designated in bold.1965 All-Big Eight Conference football team
The 1965 All-Big Eight Conference football team consists of American football players chosen by various organizations for All-Big Eight Conference teams for the 1965 college football season. The selectors for the 1965 season included the Associated Press (AP).1966 Sugar Bowl
The 1966 Sugar Bowl featured the sixth-ranked Missouri Tigers of the Big Eight Conference and the unranked Florida Gators of the Southeastern Conference. The Tigers entered the game with a 7–2–1 record during the 1965 season, while the Gators entered at 7–3.
After a scoreless first quarter, Missouri went on a tear in the second quarter. Charlie Brown scored on a 16-yard touchdown run giving the Tigers a 7–0 lead. Johnny Roland threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Earl Denny as the Tigers extended their lead to 14–0. Bill Bates kicked a 27-yard field goal as Missouri led 17–0 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Bates kicked a 34-yard field goal as Missouri led 20–0 at the end of three. Florida attempted to make a furious comeback in the fourth quarter. Steve Spurrier threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to halfback Jack Harper as Florida got within 20–6. Spurrier threw another 21-yard touchdown pass to end Charles Casey as Florida got within 20–12. Spurrier scored himself from two yards out, as the score became 20–18. Florida failed on three consecutive two-point conversion attempts, and had they just kicked the extra points, they may have ended with a win.
Despite playing on the losing team, Florida's Steve Spurrier was named Sugar Bowl MVP.
Missouri honored the 1966 Sugar Bowl champion Tigers in the 2015 season, bringing the team to midfield at halftime of their 24-10 win over South Carolina, then coached by Spurrier.1967 All-Pro Team
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The 1997 Arizona Cardinals season was the franchise's 99th season, 78th season in the National Football League and the 10th in Arizona. The team was unable to match their previous output of 7–9, instead winning only four games. The Cardinals failed to qualify to the playoffs for the fifteenth consecutive season.1999 Arizona Cardinals season
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500 m – 42.0 (1956)
1500 m – 2:16.1 (1956)
5000 m – 8:44.6 (1950)
10000 m – 18:10.2 (1950)List of University of Missouri Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees
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1965 College Football All-America Team consensus selections