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Charley Lane Johnson
is a former quarterback
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in the NFL. During his 15-year career he played for 3 teams; the St. Louis Cardinals
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, Houston Oilers, and Denver Broncos
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. During his collegiate career at New Mexico State
New Mexico State University at Las Cruces , is a major land-grant university in Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States...
he became the only person to date to be named Most Valuable Player of the Sun Bowl in consecutive years, winning the award in 1959 and 1960. He is a member of the NMSU Sports Hall of Fame and is the only player in the history of the NMSU football program to have his jersey number (33) retired. He was named to the NFL Pro Bowl
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in 1963 and is a member of the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame. An engineering major at NMSU, Johnson continued his academic pursuits during his NFL career and obtained Master's and Doctoral degrees in Chemical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis while concurrently playing in the NFL. He is currently a professor of Chemical Engineering at his alma mater, New Mexico State University.