Johnny Musso

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Johnny Musso
No. 22
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1950-03-06) March 6, 1950 (age 69)
Birmingham, Alabama
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:201 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school:Birmingham (AL) Banks
NFL Draft:1972 / Round: 3 / Pick: 62
Career history
Roster status:Retired
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Johnny Musso (born March 6, 1950) is an American former football player, a running back for three seasons in the National Football League with the Chicago Bears. He previously played three seasons in the Canadian Football League and one in the World Football League.

Early years[edit]

Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Musso graduated from its Banks High School in 1968, and played college football at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa under head coach Bear Bryant. He was an All-American in 1971 and led the Crimson Tide to an undefeated regular season and a berth in the Orange Bowl against top-ranked Nebraska.

Musso was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1989,[1][2] and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000.

Playing career[edit]

Musso was a third round selection in the 1972 NFL draft, 62nd overall, by the Chicago Bears. He opted for a higher offer in Canada,[3] and played for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League for three seasons (1972–1974), where he ran for 1029 yards in 1973 and was a West All-Star, and for the Birmingham Vulcans of the WFL in 1975, rushing for 681 yards.

After the WFL folded, he signed with the Bears in late November 1975,[4] and was the backup to Walter Payton. Musso had surgery on his right knee in August 1978 and spent the season on injured reserve; he failed his physical in July 1979 and retired.[5]


  1. ^ "Johnny "Italian Stallion" Musso - Class of 1989". Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved April 8, 2010.
  2. ^ Smith, Wayne (May 14, 1995). "Musso remains one of the most popular Tide stars". Gadsden Times. p. D6. Retrieved April 9, 2010.
  3. ^ Cochran, Mike (June 21, 1972). "Tide's Musso happy with Canadian pick". Tuscaloosa News. Associated Press. p. 12.
  4. ^ "Bears sign Johnny Musso but few refugees absorbed". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. November 26, 1975. p. 14.
  5. ^ "Musso retires from football". Gadsden Times. Alabama. July 18, 1979. p. 17.

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