Billy “White Shoes” Johnson


Position: Wide Receivers

Billy “White Shoes” Johnson is known for his famous shoes and fancy end zone dances but his on-field performance is what made him a play making legend. Johnson was a 3x Pro Bowler, All-Pro selection and a member of the 75th Anniversary NFL All-Time Team. He played professionally for 15 years with the Houston Oilers, Atlanta Falcons and Washington Redskins. In 1983, he returned from a leg injury to become a Pro Bowler and the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year.

Johnson had over 6,000 yards as a returner with eight touchdowns; coupled with over 4,000 yards as a receiver and an additional 25 touchdowns. He also is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame from his career at Widener University.

Playing Career

  • College: Widener University
  • Houston Oilers (1974-80)
  • Montreal Alouettes (1981)
  • Atlanta Falcons (1982-87)
  • Washington Redskins (1988)

Career Highlights

  • 3× Pro Bowl selection (1975, 1977, 1983)
  • 3× All-Pro selection (1975, 1977, 1983)
  • NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team
  • NFL 1970s All-Decade Team
  • NFL 1980s All-Decade Team
  • 1983 NFL Comeback Player of the Year
  • Pro Bowl MVP (1975)

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