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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Eric Johnson, Yale football: The Catch, 1999

Associated Press photos

Eric Johnson has been a regular in the gossip magazines the past few years, famous in this age of TMZ for fathering a child with singer Jessica Simpson (the two have been engaged since 2010).

A dozen years ago, Johnson was an unstoppable force for the Yale football team. A 6-foot-3, 225-pound flanker, he graduated with nearly every receiving record in the Bulldogs’ book.

His athleticism was remarkable. When Yale found itself in need of a punter, Johnson not only filled in for two full seasons, but had one of the best kicking averages in the nation.

But his performance in the 1999 edition of “The Game” cemented his legacy as a Yale legend.

Read Chip Malafronte's complete story.

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