Pro Bowl Week: Browns’ Mike Johnson nearly saves AFC
With Cleveland Browns head coach Bud Carson tabbed to lead the AFC in 1990 Pro Bowl, Browns linebacker Michael Johnson got the opportunity go to Hawaii as an injury replacement.
Johnson made the most of his second trip to the Pro Bowl and nearly helped the American Football Conference squad win the game in the process.
The Virginia Tech product picked off a Mark Rypien pass for a 22-yard touchdown. Johnson’s score brought the AFC within a touchdown of take the lead late in the game. The NFC held on to win the game 27-21.
The 1990 contest included five Cleveland players, in addition to Carson, from the squad that lost to the Denver Broncos 37-21 weeks earlier in the AFC Championship Game.
For Johnson, the 1990 Pro Bowl was his second consecutive and final trip to the all-star game.
Before spending six seasons with the Browns,the linebacker won USFL titles with the Philadelphia Stars in 1984 and the Baltimore Stars in 1985. After his stay in Cleveland, Johnson played two seasons with the Detroit Lions.
Johnson is the brother-in-law of former Dallas Cowboys guard Nate Newton and the uncle of Texas Longhorns running back Tre’ Newton