Niners Draft History – 1961


With the 6th pick of the 1961 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers selected Jimmy Johnson, cornerback, out of UCLA. This was the first of three picks the 49ers held in the first round of that draft.  In the next 16 seasons, all with the 49ers, Johnson would play a variety of positions. Johnson was a 5-time Pro-Bowler and also a 4-timt first team All-Pro. On defense, he accumulated 47 interceptions for 615 yards and 2 touchdowns, while also recording a safety and recovering 7 fumbles. His interception and defensive totals are spectacular when you factor in the fact that opposing quarterbacks rarely threw his way. On the offensive unit, where he was lined up in the 1962 and 1963 seasons, he amassed 40 receptions for 690 yards and 4 touchdowns. Upon his retirement, he had played 213 games for the team, a record at the time. Johnson was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1994. His #37 jersey is now retired by the 49ers. Here is a link to Johnson`s website:

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