Franchise Great Billy "White Shoes" Johnson Inducted into Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame


PHILADELPHIA -- Billy "White Shoes" Johnson dazzled Houston Oilers fans with his incredible kick and punt return skills during his career with the Houston Oilers from 1974-80. However it was his famous "funky chicken" dance he did following his scores that fans remember most.

That dance was on display Thursday evening during Johnson's induction into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame. At the conclusion of his acceptance speech, Johnson stepped atop the head table and gave a quick 10 second exhibition of the dance that helped make him famous to the delight of the crowd.

His seven-year career with the Oilers saw him earn a trip to the 1975 Pro Bowl, where he was named the game's MVP following a 90-yard punt return for the winning score late in the game.

Johnson's most distinguished honor, however, was being named to the NFL's All-75 Year team as a punt returner in 1994.

In addition to his years with the Oilers, Johnson played one season (1981) with Montreal in the Canadian Football League, then wrapped up his playing career with six seasons as member of the Atlanta Falcons.

His NFL career stats include 337 receptions for 4,211 yards and 25 TDs, 282 punt returns for 3,317 yards and six TDs, and 23 kickoff returns for 2,941 yards and two TDs.

He played in three Pro Bowls and was named the 1983 NFL Comeback Player of the Year.

Johnson was joined by 14 other inductees that included Allen Iverson (76ers), Jamie Moyer (Phillies) and Brian Westbrook (Eagles).

Johnson becomes only the second member of the Titans franchise to be inducted in this hall, joining Eddie George who was inducted in 2013.

"What a night, oh it was great," Johnson said following the event. "You have to love the Philly fans for how well they support you. When you come here to play against them they can be on you, but you know at the end of the day they still love you. To come back and be honored with this great class of inductees is overwhelming. I'm so glad they remembered me for what I did in the past.

"I want to thank (Titans Owner) Amy (Adams Strunk) for supporting me over the years -- especially tonight -- and by hosting the Houston Oilers reunion last March."

Johnson attended high school and college in the Philadelphia area. He began making his mark athletically at Chichester High School and later attended Widener University, located about 15 minutes away from the events banquet hall at Sugar House Event Center.

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Former Houston Oiler and legendary kick returner Billy "White Shoes" Johnson was inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame on Nov. 1, 2018, joining Eddie George (2013) as players in franchise history to be inducted. (Photos: Bob Hyde)

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