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A Legendary College Football Player Has Died Today

first_imgGeneral view of Michigan Stadium during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 1, 2016 at Michigan Stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – APRIL 01: General view of Michigan Stadium during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 1, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Ahead of today’s game against Rutgers, Michigan announced that a former Wolverines star passed away this week. Former standout running back Ron Johnson passed away this week after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease.Johnson was 71-years-old. He became the first African American to be named a Michigan captain when he was selected by his teammates ahead of the 1968 season.During the 1968 season, Johnson racked up 1,391 yards and 19 touchdowns on the ground and still holds a Michigan record for touchdowns in a season. In that season he recorded a Michigan-record 347 rushing yards against Wisconsin.Michigan paid tribute to its former star on Twitter.Before today’s game, we are saddened to announce that former standout running back Ron Johnson passed away early this morning following a long battle with Alzheimer’s.RELEASE » https://t.co/xBDyG4nyAW#GoBlue pic.twitter.com/ZpJV9UmhA1— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) November 10, 2018After his stellar Michigan career, the Cleveland Browns made Johnson a first-round pick in the 1969 NFL draft. He played seven NFL seasons – six of which came with the New York Giants.During his NFL career, Johnson racked up over 4,000 rushing yards, nearly 2,000 receiving yards, and 45 total touchdowns.Our thoughts are with the Johnson family.[Michigan]last_img read more