Tag:John York
Posted on: June 4, 2011 3:24 pm

HOF RB John Henry Johnson, 81, dies

John Henry Johnson died Friday at the age of 81 (Getty).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Hall of Fame RB John Henry Johnson, who made four Pro Bowl teams during his 14-year pro career, died Friday at the age of 81.

As the San Jose Mercury News points out, Johnson teamed with RBs Joe “The Jet” Perry and Hugh McElhenny and QB Y.A. Tittle in San Francisco to form one of the most-impressive offensive backfields, nicknamed “The Million Dollar Backfield,” in league history.

Twice in his career, Johnson rushed for more than 1,000 yards, and he also helped the Lions win a NFL title in 1957.

He played in Canada in 1953, but he moved to San Francisco for the 49ers the next three seasons after that, and later in his career, Johnson played for the Lions, Steelers and Oilers.

"He was a very caring man," John L. Brown, Johnson's nephew, told the paper. "He always came back to the Pittsburg (High School) community and gave back. He also was a great family man who loved his five kids and many grandkids."

Said 49ers owner and co-chairman John York in a release: "I was deeply saddened to hear of John Henry Johnson's passing. He was a good friend, not only to my family and me, but the entire 49ers organization. As a member of ‘The Million Dollar Backfield’ he holds a cherished place in both 49ers and NFL history. His contributions to the game of football will be forever celebrated. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the entire Johnson family."

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Posted on: October 24, 2010 10:35 pm
Edited on: October 25, 2010 12:09 am

Singletary says playoffs, owners reportedly angry

Posted by Will Brinson

The San Francisco 49ers lost to the previously winless Panthers in Charlotte, 23-20, on Sunday, and with a trip to London coming up, things don't look too bright for the future of the franchise's season.

Don't tell that to Mike Singletary, though -- he thinks they can still make the playoffs!

"There's no doubt in my mind, somehow, someway, we will regroup and we will keep fighting and we will make a season of it," Singletary said. "And I still believe we can go to the playoffs. I still believe we can get those things done. We just have to get the right things in place and go from there."

Mmmm-hmmm. That's a pleasantly optimistic scenario. But as everyone's covered, they Niners are in the NFC West, and anything's kind of fair game in that division, although with the Seahawks, Cardinals and Rams all having a few more wins than anyone expected.

Plus, perhaps Singletary should delay the trip across the pond and have a little chat with the last coach (John Fox) forced to use David Carr as a starter on an extended basis -- in 2007, Carr and the Panthers appeared to have a shot at the playoffs, and they were 4-2 headed into the their bye. Then Carr turned into, well, himself, and Carolina dropped five straight and seven of their final 10 games.

Back then, though, Fox wasn't facing the same pressure as Singletary, because his job was safe. A report from Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com indicates things aren't so simple on Sunday that owners John and Jed York weren't too thrilled with their coach.

"There were some grumbles from the owners about bad coaching," a source near the "inner circle" of the Yorks told Maiocco.

That's perfectly plausible, given that the Niners, a would-be playoff team, look like perhaps the worst team in the NFL relative to expectations; the Panthers showed some signs of life just as they did in 2009, the Browns flipped the defending champs at home Sunday, and at least the Bills are giving it the old college try with their depleted roster.

The Niners, on the other hand, keep getting beat (sometimes badly) by inferior opponents, and that's a clear-cut sign that their coach isn't cut out for his job.

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