Randy Johnson (quarterback)

Randolph Klaus "Randy" Johnson (June 17, 1944 – September 17, 2009) was an American football player. He was the starting quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons in their inaugural season of 1966. He also had a brief career with the Green Bay Packers. In 1974, he played with The Hawaiians of the World Football League.[1][2]

Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Johnson graduated from its Sam Houston High School in 1962. He played college football at Texas A&I in Kingsville (now Texas A&M–Kingsville),[3] teammates with guard Gene Upshaw.

Johnson entered the 1966 NFL draft, and became the first Texas A&I player to ever be selected in the first round (16th overall). Over his professional career, he completed 647 of 1,286 passes (a 50.3-percentage) for 51 touchdowns and 90 interceptions.[3]

Randy Johnson
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Johnson with Atlanta Falcons
No. 11, 12, 16
Personal information
Born:June 17, 1944
San Antonio, Texas
Died:September 17, 2009 (aged 65)
Brevard, North Carolina
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:San Antonio (TX) Sam Houston
College:Texas A&I
NFL Draft:1966 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16
AFL draft:1966 / Round: 4 / Pick: 27
  (Denver Broncos)
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 1976
Passing yards:8,329
QB Rating:55.1
Player stats at NFL.com


  1. ^ Pasquarelli, Len (May 16, 1999). "Falcons' first quarterback struggling to rebuild life". Tuscaloosa News. Alabama. Cox News Service. p. 8C.
  2. ^ Hummer, Steve (October 5, 2009). "Ex-Falcon QB spent sad life in long, lonely end zone". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved March 3, 2009.
  3. ^ a b "S.A. native who became Atlanta Falcons' first QB dead at 65".

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1966 American Football League draft

The 1966 American Football League draft was held on Saturday, November 27, 1965. The AFL added the Miami Dolphins as an expansion team in 1966 to bring its total to nine franchises for its seventh season. The only Hall of Famer to come out of this draft was Jan Stenerud, who was picked by the Kansas City Chiefs in the third round of the Red Shirt portion of the draft.

This was the last competitive draft of the American Football League before the AFL–NFL merger agreement, which was announced in June 1966. The next draft of college players in 1967 was a common draft, held in mid-March.

The 1966 NFL Draft was held the same day, November 27, 1965.

1966 Atlanta Falcons season

The 1966 Atlanta Falcons season was the franchise's inaugural season in the National Football League (NFL). The Falcons finished in seventh place in the NFL Eastern Conference with a record of 3–11, ahead of only the New York Giants.

1966 NFL Draft

The 1966 National Football League draft was held at the Summit Hotel in New York City on Saturday, November 27, 1965.The expansion Atlanta Falcons were awarded the first pick in each round as well as the final pick in each of the first five rounds. The first overall selection was Tommy Nobis, a linebacker from Texas. The league also provided the Falcons with an expansion draft six weeks later.This was the last draft in which the NFL and the AFL selected their players separate of one another. As a result, most players drafted by teams from both leagues chose to play for the more established NFL, but not all. Similar to 1965, the AFL draft was held on the same day. After the merger agreement in June 1966, a common draft was held in March 1967.

Atlanta Falcons draft history

This page is a list of the Atlanta Falcons NFL Draft selections. The first draft the Falcons participated in was 1966, in which they made linebacker Tommy Nobis of Texas their first-ever selection.

List of Atlanta Falcons first-round draft picks

The Atlanta Falcons, a professional American football team based in Atlanta, are part of the National Football Conference South Division. They joined the National Football League (NFL) as an expansion team for the 1966 season and became the first NFL franchise in the Southeastern United States. They first participated in the 1966 NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting, more commonly known as the NFL Draft. In the NFL Draft, each NFL franchise annually seeks to add new players to its roster. Teams are ranked in reverse order based on the previous season's record, with the worst record picking first, the second-worst picking second and so on. The two exceptions to this order are made for teams that appeared in the previous Super Bowl; the Super Bowl champion always picks 32nd, and the Super Bowl loser always picks 31st. Teams have the option of trading away their picks to other teams for different picks, players, cash, or a combination thereof. Thus, it is not uncommon for a team's actual draft pick to differ from their assigned draft pick, or for a team to have extra or no draft picks in any round due to these trades.In their first draft, the Falcons had two picks in the first round. These selections were Tommy Nobis, a linebacker from Texas, and Randy Johnson, a quarterback from Texas A&I. The Falcons have selected number one overall four times: Tommy Nobis, Steve Bartkowski, Aundray Bruce, and Michael Vick. The team has also selected number two overall three times and number three overall two times. The Falcons have selected players from Florida State University four times, the most from any university. The team's most recent first-round selection was Calvin Ridley, a wide receiver from the University of Alabama.

Randy Johnson (disambiguation)

Randy Johnson (born 1963) is an American former Major League Baseball pitcher.

Randy Johnson may also refer to:

Randy Johnson (quarterback) (1944–2009), NFL quarterback

Randy Johnson (offensive lineman) (born 1953), American football player

Randy Johnson (council member), current Hennepin County commissioner

Randy Johnson (designated hitter) (born 1958), former designated hitter, 1980–1982

Randy Johnson (third baseman) (born 1956), former Major League Baseball infielder, 1982–1984

Randy D. Johnson (born 1959), former member of the Florida House of Representatives

Randy "Duke" Johnson (born 1993), former University of Miami running back and current Cleveland Browns running back

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