Former University of Georgia football great Andy Johnson died in Athens early this morning following a long illness. The Athens native was an All-American quarterback on an Athens High team that was state-champions in class AAA. He also was All-Region in basketball, baseball, and a sprinter on the track team.
Johnson was drafted by the Atlanta Braves as a shortstop but decided to continue his education at the University of Georgia on a football scholarship. Johnson also played for the New England Patriots for nine seasons. He was inducted into the State of Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.
Visitation is scheduled for Saturday, May 19, from 3-5 p.m. at Bernstein Funeral Home in Athens. A graveside service will be held Sunday, May 20, at 3:30 p.m. at the Oconee Hill Cemetery in Athens.