- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 28, 2007

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Johnny Perkins, who caught 163 passes in a seven-year NFL career spent entirely with the New York Giants, died in Fort Worth, Texas, April 25 of complications following heart surgery, team officials said. He was 54.

A second-round draft pick in 1977, Mr. Perkins played in 71 games and had 2,611 yards receiving and 18 touchdowns. Mr. Perkins retired after the 1983 season.

Mr. Perkins’ best season was 1981, when he led the team with career-high totals of 51 catches for 858 yards and six touchdowns.

Mr. Perkins caught 20 passes as a rookie and 32 in 1978, but he was slowed by hamstring injuries the following two seasons. In the strike-shortened 1982 season, he caught 26 passes.

Born in Franklin, Texas, he was a three-sport star at Granbury High School. Mr. Perkins played at Ranger Junior College before transferring to Abilene Christian, where he lettered in football and track.

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