Vance Edward Johnson (born March 13, 1963 in Trenton, New Jersey), is a former professional American football player who was selected by the Denver Broncos in the second round of the 1985 NFL Draft. A 5'11", 174 lb. wide receiver from the University of Arizona, Johnson played his entire NFL career for the Broncos from 1985 to 1995. Johnson was a World-Class long jumper. In 1982, Johnson won the NCAA championship , as well as winning the gold medal at the Junior Pan American games. In 1984 Johnson just missed making the U.S. Olympic team, finishing fourth in the long jump at the 1984 U.S. Olympic Trials.
Johnson assisted the Broncos to three Super Bowl appearances in the 1980s and had an impressive performance in Super Bowl XXI, recording five catches for 121 yards and a touchdown. His best season was in 1989, when he recorded 76 receptions for 1,095 yards and seven touchdowns. In his 11 seasons, Johnson recorded 415 receptions for 5,695 yards and 37 touchdowns, while also rushing 17 times for 44 yards. He also gained 689 yards on punt returns, and 1,027 yards returning kickoffs.
During a 1996 episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, Vance admitted to abusing his ex-wife and other women in his life.
Johnson owned his own real estate company in Grand Junction, Colorado, and is now the owner of Vance's Epicurious in Grand Junction and VJ's Outlaw Ribs in Parachute, Colorado, where he lived with his son, Scott. In November 2012 Johnson abruptly closed his Epicurious restaurant leaving a note on the front door of the building. No explanation for the closure was offered. Vaughn Edward Johnson (Vance's son) died from a motorcycle accident in 2007.
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