Chosen by the Chicago Blitz with the 11th overall selection in the inaugural 1983 USFL Draft, Grambling WR Trumaine Johnson lived up to the team's expectations in his rookie year, leading the fledgling league in pass receiving with 81 receptions and 1,322 yards and 10 touchdowns.

The 1984 season would see Johnson move with most of the rest of the members of the Blitz to Phoenix as part of the Blitz/Wranglers franchise swap, and his sophomore season in the USFL actually had better numbers:  90 receptions for 1,268 yards and 13 touchdowns.  Though the improved statistics weren't sufficient to cause Johnson to repeat as the league's top receiver, his performance was helpful in the Wranglers reaching the 1984 USFL Championship Game.

While Johnson's USFL rights were retained by the Arizona Outlaws following the merger between the Oklahoma Outlaws and Arizona Wranglers in 1985, he would never play a game for owner Bill Tatham.  Following a holdout for the entire 1985 USFL season, Johnson headed for the NFL, where over four seasons he caught a total number of passes almost equal to his 1984 output - 86 receptions for 1,150 yards and 4 touchdowns, playing two years with the San Diego Chargers and another two with the Buffalo Bills.

TRUMAINE JOHNSON

Chicago Blitz,
Arizona Wranglers,
Arizona Outlaws

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