On August 30, 1963, the rookie Johnson, a 200m track finalist in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, suffered a fractured vertebra in his neck in a preseason game against the Houston Oilers in Wichita, Kansas during a kickoff return. He died 10 days later, on September 8 at the age of 23. Although he was only on the team's active roster during preseason, his jersey number 33 was retired.
|Born:||April 26, 1940|
|Died:||September 8, 1963 (aged 23)|
|AFL draft:||1963 / Round: 14 / Pick: 105|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
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Alex Breckenridge (born 17 April 1932 in Buffalo) is a former American marathon runner.
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Barbara Brown (August 21, 1941 – April 1969) was an American athlete. She competed in the women's high jump at the 1960 Summer Olympics.Colonel Stone Johnson
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