Sammy Johnson played numerous positions at High Point Central which made him famous for “never leaving the field except for halftime.” Johnson was named All-Conference, All-State and All-Southern. Johnson was the starting quarterback and captain of the East-West All-Star game and the Shrine Bowl. Johnson chose North Carolina where he played from 1970-1973 under Coach Bill Dooley. Recruited as a quarterback, Johnson started his career as a linebacker but moved to running back as a junior. The Tar Heels were the ACC Champions in 1972 finishing 11-1 and champions of the Sun Bowl. Johnson was selected All-ACC and Most Valuable Player in 1973 and was a 1,000 yard rusher. Johnson was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 1974 draft as a running back and spent six seasons in the NFL where he returned kickoffs, played on special teams and served as a third down specialist. Johnson ran for a 9-yard touchdown on his first NFL carry and scored a touchdown in both NFC Divisional and Championship games. Johnson played in Super Bowl XI for the Minnesota Vikings before signing with Green Bay in 1978. After retiring in 1980, Johnson opened what would be the first of several Sportscenter Athletic Clubs in Concord in 1982.