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Johnny Musso

Running Back

John Musso, Jr

Inducted 2000

Date of Birth



Birmingham, AL


University of Alabama (1969-1971)


Johnny Musso, described as a "bulldozing blocker and breakaway runner," made consensus 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 two-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, 2742, was a school record. Musso's big games included 221 yards against Auburn in 1970 and four touchdowns against Florida in 1971.


Height 5'11

Weight 194

Career Highlights

  • 1971 Academic All-America
  • 1971 Consensus All-America
  • 1971 Heisman - Fourth
  • 1971 NCAA Post-Graduate Scholar
  • 1971 NFF Scholar-Athlete
  • 1970 Academic All-America
  • 1970 All-Conference
  • 1970 All-Conference
  • 1970 First Team All-America
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