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Sport Ex-Saints 'Dome Patrol' linebacker Johnson dies at 57

02:10  14 december  2019
02:10  14 december  2019 Source:   ap.org

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Ex - Saints LB great Vaughan Johnson dies at 57 . - Vaughan Johnson , a member of the New Orleans Saints' legendary " Dome Patrol " linebacking corps, died Thursday night at the age of 57 in North Carolina, according to Saints Hall of Fame general manager Ken Trahan.

New Orleans Saints linebacker Vaughan Johnson and defensive lineman Jim Wilks celebrate a sack of Tampa Bay quarterback Vinny Testaverdge during a Johnson , who died at his home in North Carolina after battling a kidney disease, was 57 . "Vaughan was a special guy," said Pat Swilling, one

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The New Orleans Saints say former Pro Bowl linebacker Vaughan Johnson, who was a member of the club's vaunted “Dome Patrol” linebacker corps, has died at age 57.

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 1990, file photo, New Orleans Saints cornerback Robert Massey, left, and linebacker Vaughan Johnson (53) stop Minnesota Vikings running back Herschel Walker at the one-yard line during the second quarter of a preseason NFL football game in Minneapolis. The Saints said Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, that former Pro Bowl linebacker Vaughan Johnson, a member of the club's vaunted “Dome Patrol© Jane Mone/AP Photo, file FILE - In this Aug. 13, 1990, file photo, New Orleans Saints cornerback Robert Massey, left, and linebacker Vaughan Johnson (53) stop Minnesota Vikings running back Herschel Walker at the one-yard line during the second quarter of a preseason NFL football game in Minneapolis. The Saints said Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, that former Pro Bowl linebacker Vaughan Johnson, a member of the club's vaunted “Dome Patrol", has died. He was 57. Johnson played in 120 regular season games with 98 starts for the Saints from 1986 to 1993. (AP Photo/Jane Mone, File)

Johnson played in college at North Carolina State and began his pro career with the Jacksonville Bulls of the United State Football League before the Saints selected him in the first round of a USFL supplemental draft in 1986.

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The Dome Patrol was the nickname of the New Orleans Saints football team's linebacker corps of the late 1980s and the early 1990s. The Dome Patrol was rated by NFL Network as the #1 linebacker corps of all-time. They formed the second level of what is considered by many to be the most

The Dome Patrol was the linebacker corps of the National Football League's New Orleans Saints during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Under head coach Jim Mora, it formed the second level of defensive coordinator Steve Sidwell's 3–4 defense

Johnson played in 120 regular season games with 98 starts for the Saints from 1986 to 1993, when he had 664 tackles, 12 sacks, four interceptions and five fumble recoveries.

Johnson was selected to the Pro Bowl from 1989-92 and was inducted into the Saints Hall of Fame in 2000. In the last of those seasons, the entire Saints starting group of Johnson, Rickey Jackson, Sam Mills and Pat Swilling became the only group of four linebackers selected to the Pro Bowl together.

The Saints allowed the fewest opponent points per game that season and ranked second in total defense.

In a statement on Friday, the Saints say Johnson was a fan favorite who'll be remembered as “a force on the field in the middle of the ‘Dome Patrol’ defense,” and “a gentle giant” off the field.

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Vaughan Monroe Johnson (March 24, 1962 – December 12, 2019) was an American professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL)

An excellent video of the Dome Patrol , the 4 linebackers that made up the New Orleans Saints Defense of the late 80s and early 90s. See more New Orleans

Johnson was a spokesman for Goodwill charities and used donation tied to his tackle totals to support “Operation Happy Child,” which provided Christmas gifts to underprivileged children.

Saints Hall of Fame general manager Ken Trahan said Johnson had been struggling with kidney and lung failure before his death on Thursday evening.

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