On Saturday afternoon, the Philadelphia Eagles announced the passing for a former standout on the defensive side of the ball.
Charlie Johnson, a defensive lineman for the team in the late 1970’s passed away this week, according to a statement from the team. He was 69 years old.
“The Eagles celebrate the life of former All-Pro defensive tackle Charlie Johnson,” the team said in a statement this afternoon.
The Eagles celebrate the life of former All-Pro defensive tackle Charlie Johnson.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) August 28, 2021
Johnson’s sister said it was his “dream” to play for the Eagles.
“It was a dream come true,” Johnson’s sister, Judie Simmons said of the Eagles drafting her brother. “The only thing that he hated was that his mother was unable to see it (she passed when he was 14). He gave it his all. He played hard, and I know he played hard because he was selected to the Pro Bowl three years, and he said the Super Bowl was the best experience in his life.
“[Johnson] loved playing for Coach (Dick) Vermeil. He always talked about him even after leaving Philadelphia. After his career ended, he still talked about the Eagles. He was one big Eagles fan.”
Johnson was a seventh-round pick of the Eagles in the 1977 NFL draft. He helped the team to four playoff appearances in his five years – including a trip to the NFC title game.
He was a three-time Pro Bowler and was named an All-Pro in 1980.