Cholla High School track star Vance Johnson on the lead-off leg of a relay in April of 1981. Manuel Miera / Tucson Citizen

Manuel Miera / Tucson Citizen

Although Johnson made his name nationally as an All-Pac-10 tailback and an NFL receiver, the Cholla High grad won the 1982 NCAA long jump with a still-standing school record of 26 feet 11¼ inches. He was then second in the NCAAs in 1983 and third in 1984 — and also third in the NCAA 4x100 relay — while splitting time between football and track. 

Sports columnist for the Arizona Daily Star.