Ernie Johnson, 84, a UCLA football star in the 1940s who also played basketball and rugby for the Bruins, died at his home in Sacramento on Sunday.
Johnson was a four-year letterman in football. His freshman season, 1946, he played halfback and led the team in scoring with 42 points. The Bruins went 10-0 in the regular season, finishing first in the Pacific Coast Conference, then lost to Illinois in the Rose Bowl, 45-14.
He went on to lead the team in rushing in 1948 and then in 1949, Red Sanders' first season as coach, Johnson switched to tailback in the single-wing formation and led the Bruins in total offense and in passing. He was a first-team all-PCC selection in his senior season.
Johnson also earned a letter in basketball in 1949-50, John Wooden's second season at UCLA.
He was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 1999.
Born Jan. 29, 1926, in Berkeley, Johnson grew up in Sacramento and served in the Navy's V-12 college training program during World War II.
After college he was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles but did not play in the NFL. He became a football coach and history teacher in Northern California.