Friday, May 22, 2015

1974 Profile: Harvey Johnson

Director of Player Personnel
"Harvey Johnson was a member of the Buffalo Bills' original coaching staff and has served the club in a variety of positions, including head coach on two separate occasions. Defensive backfield skipper in 1960-61, Harvey was first appointed Director of Player Personnel in 1962, succeeding Lou Saban when Lou took over the football program. Harvey was Buffalo's head coach for 12 games of the 1968 season, following the abrupt dismissal of Joe Collier, and for the entire 1971 campaign.
A product of William & Mary, Johnson played for the Bainbridge Naval Training Center from 1943-45. A draft choice of the All-America Conference New York Yankees, Johnson played regularly in the pros as a defensive back but earned his principal recognition as a placement specialist, once stringing together 146 consecutive conversions.
Harvey remained with the New York franchise when it joined the NFL in 1950 but retired as a player in 1953 to take an assistant coaching job with the Hamilton Tiger Cats. He became head coach of the Kitchener team (Rugby Football Union) in 1954 and guided them to four titles in as many years. He left Kitchener to coach with the Montreal Alouettes from 1958-59."

-Buffalo Bills 1974 Yearbook

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