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Gold: Texas legend Derrick Johnson adds college Hall of Fame election to his legacy

  • Johnson now leads the Defend the Dream Foundation, which promotes literacy in city schools.

Derrick Johnson received the package at his home on Saturday morning.

The former Texan star didn’t come to football for personal honors, but if you build a career as one of the best teammates in the history of the sport, the rewards will come naturally.

Saturday delivery was another proof. It was a College Football Hall of Fame ball congratulating him on his election to his class of 2023.

“When I read the letter, it was a little overwhelming,” Johnson said on Monday. “Even with the anticipation and understanding you deserve, it was a wonderful feeling.”

The Waco High product played 14 seasons in the NFL – 13 with the Kansas City Chiefs – after a successful college career, where he left Texas as arguably the greatest linebacker in the program’s history. These days, he dedicates most of his time to his family and his Protect the Dream Foundation, which aims to eradicate illiteracy among underprivileged youth by refurbishing local libraries.

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