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Athletic Hall of Fame
Josh Johnson, a three-time team Most Valuable Player and quarterback for the USD football team, led the Toreros to two mid-major national championships (2005, 2006), three Pioneer Football League championships, and to a record of 30-4 as a starter.
In his senior year he was a finalist for the 2007 Walter Payton Award, the FCS equivalent to the Heisman Trophy, after tossing a school-record 43 touchdowns, while leading the nation in total offense and passing efficiency. He would garner Second-Team AP All-America and Third-Team Sports Network All-America honors.
During his career, Johnson completed 724 of 1,065 passes (68 percent) for 9,699 yards and 113 touchdowns. He added 1,864 rushing yards (6.1 yards per carry average) and 19 touchdowns on the ground. A two-time PFL Offensive MVP, he finished with 11,563 yards of total offense and is the current NCAA career leader in passing efficiency (176.7).
Following his senior year Johnson was named the MVP of the 2008 East-West Shrine Game and was selected in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is currently in his eighth year in the NFL and second season with the San Francisco 49ers. Previous stops include Tampa Bay, Cleveland and Cincinnati..
From Oakland, Calif., Josh is the founder and president of the Fam 1st Family Foundation. Along with his cousin, Marshawn Lynch, running back for the Seattle Seahawks, the foundation improves the lives of inner-city youth by mentoring them on the importance of education, literacy and self-esteem.