Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Gary "Big Hands" Johnson

Gary "Big Hands" Johnson


  • Position: Defensive Tackle
  • School: Grambling State
  • High School: Bossier City, LA (Mitchell HS)
  • Years: 1971-1974
  • Inducted: 1997
  • Place of Birth: Shreveport, LA
  • Date of Birth: Aug 31, 1952
  • Place of Death: Baton Rouge, LA
  • Date of Death: Aug 04, 2010
  • Jersey Number: 79
  • Height: 6-3
  • Weight: 260

Member Biography

Gary "Big Hands" Johnson stood 6-feet, 3-inches in height, weighed 260 pounds, and played defensive tackle for Grambling. Grambling had a 41-6 record in his four years, 1971-1974, and he was named NAIA All-America. In 1974, he had 134 tackles, 89 unassisted, and was named the team's Most Valuable Player. After the 1974 season, he played in the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl and was named Most Valuable Player in both. He was a three-time All-Southwestern Conference choice. He played 11 years with San Diego and San Francisco in the National Football League and was in four Pro Bowls.