Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Johnny "The Italian Stallion" Musso

Johnny "The Italian Stallion" Musso

Details

  • Position: Halfback
  • School: Alabama
  • High School: Birmingham, AL (Banks HS)
  • Years: 1969-1971
  • Inducted: 2000
  • Place of Birth: Birmingham, AL
  • Date of Birth: Mar 06, 1950
  • Jersey Number: 22
  • Height: 5-11
  • Weight: 194

Member Biography

Johnny Musso, described as a "bulldozing blocker and breakaway runner," made All-America in 1970 and 1971. As a senior he was fourth in the Heisman vote and was named Player of the Year by Football News, the Miami Touchdown Club, and the Touchdown Club of Atlanta. Musso was a 2-time Academic All-America. In 1971, he received the National Football Foundation scholarship. The American Football Coaches Association gave him the Ernie Davis Award. While in college, he spoke to youth groups. After a pro career in the Canadian League (1972-74) and with the Chicago Bears in the NFL (1973-75), he began a business career. He became president of the Schreiner-Musso Trading Co., a commodities firm. He became a deacon in the Baptist Church of Hinsdale, Illinois, and served in youth ministry, working with inner-city citizens. He led the Southeastern Conference in rushing two years and in scoring (100 points) in 1971. He set a school record for rushing touchdowns (34) that lasted 28 years. His career rushing yardage, 2,742, was a school record. Musso's big games included 221 yards against Auburn in 1970 and four touchdowns against Florida in 1971.