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49ers legend Jimmy Johnson has died

A sad loss in the NFL community

Michael W.

The extended family of the San Francisco 49ers has suffered a loss today, as Hall of Famer Jimmy Johnson has passed away at the age of 86. 

He spent all 16 years of his NFL career with the 49ers, who selected him in the 1961 NFL Draft. He would go on to earn a total of five Pro Bowl selection along with three first-team All-Pro nominations. He was also named to the Hall of Fame's All-Decade Team of the 1970s, and was the first player to have his number retired by the 49ers franchise. 

"Jimmy Johnson was extraordinarily athletically talented," Hall of Fame President Jim Porter said in Thursday's statement. "The 49ers enjoyed the luxury of using him on offense and defense early in his career to fill team needs. Once he settled in at left cornerback, he flourished. The notion that a 'lockdown' cornerback could cut the field in half for the opposition was true with Jimmy. Only rarely would other teams' quarterbacks even look his direction, and more often than not regretted the decision if they challenged him."

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