Saints Hall of Famer Vaughan Johnson dies at 57

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Former Saints linebacker Vaughan Johnson died Thursday in North Carolina after a long battle with kidney disease, Ken Trahan of Crescent City Sports reports. Johnson was 57.

Johnson began his pro career with the Jacksonville Bulls of the USFL. The Saints drafted Johnson 15th overall in the 1984 NFL supplemental draft.

He joined the Saints in 1986 after the USFL folded.

Johnson made the Pro Bowl four times in his eight seasons with the Saints. He also made All-Pro four times.

Johnson, Rickey Jackson, Sam Mills and Pat Swilling made up the team’s Dome Patrol linebacker corps.

Johnson finished his career with 669 tackles, 12 sacks, four interceptions and 11 forced fumbles.

In 2000, he earned induction into the Saints’ Hall of Fame. He also is a member of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and the Allstate Sugar Bowl Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame.

12 responses to “Saints Hall of Famer Vaughan Johnson dies at 57

  1. People don’t know about this man and it’s a shame, because of all the great defensive players on those old Saints teams, he was the one guy you really didn’t want lining you up. When he hit somebody, they did not gain another inch of ground.

  2. That was a bad man.

    He was the thumper against the run that let Sam Mills roam.

    Bet linebacker crew ever

  3. That’s two of the four of those great LBs gone too soon. If some of the younger people haven’t seen them, they were special. He, Sam Mills (yes, he was a great player, not just a coach), Patt Swilling, and Ricky Jackson used to wreck havoc together with the Saints.

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