Former Georgia QB Johnson dies at 65

Andy Johnson, who quarterbacked Georgia to a pair of bowl games in the early 1970s and later played running back in the National Football League, has died after a lengthy illness.

Johnson was the starting quarterback on the Bulldog freshman squad in 1970, setting the total offense record of 1,078 yards in five games.

Johnson was the starting quarterback for the Bulldogs from 1971-1973 and led them to two bowl victories and a 25-10-1 record. he was then drafted by the New England Patriots in the fifth round of the 1974 NFL Draft. He set a Southeastern Conference sophomore rushing record and finished second in the league with 870 yards on the ground, along with 13 touchdowns.

Johnson was an National Football League running back with the New England Patriots from 1974-82.

By the time his career ended, Johnson was the all-time leading rusher among SEC quarterbacks with 1,799 yards.

In his three seasons, Johnson rushed for 1,799 yards and 21 touchdowns and passed for 1,518 yards and nine touchdowns. A graveside service will be held Sunday at 3:30 the Oconee Hill Cemetery in Athens.

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