Hall of Famer John Henry Johnson passes away

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Hall of Famer John Henry Johnson passes away

June 4, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE49ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEOMatt MaioccoCSNBayArea.comJohn Henry Johnson, a member of the 49ers' famed "Million Dollar Backfield," died Friday. He was 81.Johnson's death comes less than six weeks after Joe "The Jet" Perry passed away. Johnson, Perry, Hugh McElhenny and Y.A. Tittle comprised the only full-house backfield to have all four of its members enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame."I was deeply saddened to hear of John Henry Johnson's passing," 49ers owner and co-chairman John York said. "He was a good friend, not only to my family and me, but the entire 49ers organization. As a member of 'The Million Dollar Backfield' he holds a cherished place in both 49ers and NFL history. His contributions to the game of football will be forever celebrated. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the entire Johnson family."

When Johnson, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound fullback, retired after the 1966 season he ranked behind only Jim Brown, Jim Taylor and Perry in NFL career rushing with 6,803 yards.He played just three seasons with the 49ers, and gained 1,051 yards rushing in 31 games. He was traded to the Detroit Lions in 1957, where he won an NFL championship. In 1960, he moved on to the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he enjoyed his best seasons.Johnson became the first player in Steelers history to rush for more than 1,000 yards, accomplishing the feat in 1962 and '64. He was named to the Pro Bowl four times in his career.Johnson played at Saint Mary's College in Moraga until the school discontinued football. After transferring to Arizona State, Johnson was a second-round draft pick of the Steelers. He opted to play his first professional season in the Canadian Football League.When he entered the NFL with the 49ers in 1954, he rushed for 681 yards with a lofty 5.3-yard average.Johnson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987.

49ers 2017 NFL Draft picks

49ers 2017 NFL Draft picks

The San Francisco 49ers have a total of 10 picks in the 2017 NFL Draft. 

Here is where they will be on the clock in each round:

49ERS 2017 DRAFT PICKS
1. First round: No. 2 overall
2. Second round: No. 34 overall
3. Third round: No. 66 overall
4. Fourth round: No. 109 overall
5. Fourth round: No. 143 overall (compensatory)
6. Fifth round: No. 146 overall
7. Fifth round: No. 161 (pick acquired from Washington in 2015 trade for TE Derek Carrier)
8. Sixth round: No. 186 overall
9. Sixth round: No. 202 overall (pick acquired from Denver in 2015 trade for TE Vernon Davis)
10. Seventh round: No. 219 overall (pick acquired from Cleveland in 2015 trade for Andy Lee)

Jameis Winston: Comments about girls were 'poor word choice'

Jameis Winston: Comments about girls were 'poor word choice'

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Jameis Winston is back in the spotlight - and not in a positive light - for what he described as a "poor word choice" in comments about women during a talk to Florida grade school students.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, who was accused of raping another student while at Florida State University but never charged, spoke for nearly 40 minutes to third through fifth graders at Melrose Elementary in St. Petersburg during an appearance this week.

When some of the students started getting fidgety, Winston told boys in the audience to stand up and girls to sit down, the Tampa Bay Times (http://bit.ly/2mkiPhJ ) reported.

"All my young boys, stand up. The ladies, sit down," Winston told the children. "But all my boys, stand up. We strong, right? We strong! We strong, right? All my boys, tell me one time: I can do anything I put my mind to. Now a lot of boys aren't supposed to be soft-spoken."

The quarterback went on to say, "But the ladies, they're supposed to be silent, polite, gentle. My men, my men (are) supposed to be strong."

Asked later about the speech, Winston said he was attempting to interact with a young boy in the audience who didn't appear to be paying attention. He said he didn't want to single him out so he asked all the boys to stand.

"During my talk, I used a poor word choice that may have overshadowed that positive message for some," said Winston, who has been active in numerous community and charitable endeavors since entering the NFL as the No. 1 draft pick in 2015.

Bonnie Volland, a speech language pathologist at Melrose, said Winston's message about children being able to accomplish anything was positive. But when he told the boys to stand up and that they are strong, some of the girls took note.

"One of the girls turned around and looked at me and said, "I'm strong, too," Volland told the Times.

Winston was accused of raping a student in 2012 when they were both students at Florida State.

The quarterback has said they had consensual sex. He was not arrested and was never charged. Winston and the accuser settled a civil lawsuit in December.