New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame inductee Vaughan Johnson died Thursday night in North Carolina after battling kidney disease for several years and lung failure most recently. Johnson was 57.
Johnson was chosen by the Jacksonville Bulls in the 1984 USFL Draft and played for the Bulls in 1984 and 1985.
Johnson was also chosen by the New Orleans Saints 15th overall in the 1984 NFL Supplemental Draft of USFL and CFL Players. He would join the Saints in 1986 after the USFL folded.
Johnson played with the Saints for eight seasons (1986-93). He made the Pro Bowl four times, in four consecutive seasons (1989-92) as a member of the famous “Dome Patrol”, which voted the best linebacker corps in NFL history by NFL Network, which consisted of Johnson, Rickey Jackson, Sam Mills and Pat Swilling. Johnson was named first team All-Pro in 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991 and 1992.
Sam Mills passed away in 2005 after battling cancer.
Johnson hit so hard that he earned nicknames including “super collider” and “meat.”
Johnson was inducted into the Saints Hall of Fame in 2000. He was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2011 and was inducted into the Allstate Sugar Bowl Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame in 2017.
In recent years, Johnson overcame prostate cancer but encountered kidney and lung failure which he battled for the last few years of his life. Funeral services have not been announced yet. #BTPSports