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Fred Johnson

Injuries cut short the college football career of Barberton’s Freddie Johnson, but for two years, as a freshman and sophomore, at Miami University (the original one at Oxford, Ohio) Johnson left a mark on Redhawks gridiron history. As a freshman, Johnson made 27 of 28 extra points and was four of 15 in field goal attempts. That season the Redhawks went 11-1, including a 20-7 victory over South Carolina in the Tangerine Bowl at Orlando, Florida. In that game Johnson contributed field goals of 33 and 47 yards. For a while Johnson thought he had the Tangerine Bowl record for the longest field goal in perpetuity since the Tangerine Bowl disappeared for 19 years. But, the bowl has been resurrected a few years ago. While Johnson remembers the kick he made in the Tangerine Bowl, he also recalled a 63-yard miss against Purdue in his freshman year. “It was wide right by the smallest of margins,” he said and” I had never seen that many people in the stands,” he added. For his career at Miami, Johnson was 43 of 51 in PATs and nine of 28 field goals. Besides kicking, Johnson was a wide receiver for four seasons at Oxford. The injury jinx got him his last two seasons. Johnson was a three-sport star at Barberton. He averaged 19.8 points a game in basketball and was named to the All-Ohio team. Johnson finished sixth in the high jump in the state track meet in Columbus. His deep kickoffs and field goals helped the Magics to 8-1, 9-1 and 8-2 seasons and led to an All-Summit county selection and to his scholarship at Miami. Johnson is a professional marketing educator, teacher, counselor at Rancho High School in North Las Vegas. He has also been a coach, but in a sport that was foreign to him---soccer, leading the Rancho team to zone playoffs in his first season. He no longer coaches.

Inducted 2005 | Football