He was on the sidelines with New York for 874 regular-season and 34 postseason games
Longtime Manhattan College Trainer and 1982 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee John “Doc” Johnson is set to be inducted into the New York Giants Ring of Honor at halftime of their game with the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, October 11.
Johnson joined New York Giants as an athletic trainer in 1948 before retiring at the age of 90 following the 2007 season and Super Bowl XLII, ending a remarkable 60-year career with the franchise. Only Wellington Mara, whose tenure with the organization began in its first season in 1925 and extended to his death in 2005, had a longer career.
“Doc Johnson is an institution at Manhattan College and we are thrilled that he is being honored by the New York Giants this weekend,” said Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Noah D. LeFevre.
Johnson served as the Athletic Department’s trainer for 56 years before retiring following the 2002-2003 season. At the conclusion of his tenure in Riverdale, the training room was renamed The John “Doc” Johnson Athletic Training Center in his honor.
“He is not only a legend at Manhattan and with the Giants, but also in the athletic training profession,” said current Johnson’s replacement Assistant Director of Athletics/Sports Medicine Douglas Straley. “Doc was truly an innovator in the field of athletic training and every day I continue to work as hard as possible to match his dedication and work ethic
All told, he was on the sidelines with New York for 874 regular-season and 34 postseason games, and worked with 12 head coaches, from Steve Owen to Tom Coughlin.