Jim Johnson: Tribute Book


Send a personal message to the Johnson Family

Hi! I am the race director for the 4th Annual Miles for Melanoma Ocean City 5K. This event will be held on Saturday May 18th in Ocean City, NJ. I started this event after my mother passed away from Stage IV Melanoma just two and a half months after her diagnoses. The purpose of the event is to raise money for The Melanoma Research Foundation while raising awareness of this deadly skin disease. I would like to extend my condolences to your family on the loss on Jim, he passed away exactly 2 months after my mother. I wanted to be sure you were aware of this event and extend an invitation for the Johnson Family to attend. You can find more information on our website at www.milesformelanomaoc5k.com or contact me at carly.bauermaster@comcast.net. I hope to hear from you!
- Carly Bauermaster

Dear Mrs. Johnson, Michelle , Brian, Katie, Brandon and Justin, Sean, Drew and Danny had a lemonade stand to raise money for your grandpa's melanoma research fund. They raised $74.66. They have been thinking about you all and wanted to do something that would make everyone feel a little bit better. We hope this helps. May God bless you all and give you strength as you grieve. "Papa Johnson" touched a lot of lives, and now through this research fund he will touch many more. Sincerely, Betsy Elliott, Drew Elliott, Sean Keenan and Danny Doyle
- Betsy Elliott

My thoughts and prayers go out to you though he passed over a months ago i still can't believe it the Eagles D was all him and i am sure he meant a lot to you as he did to the Eagles players coaches and fans.
- Scott Drexl

My dad just passed away on August 3rd from Melanoma. I had heard that Coach Johnson was ill in the news and it caught my attention because my family was also so closely affected with the disease. I tried to follow JJ's health and had hoped that he, and my dad, would get better. But unfortunately, God had other plans. I hope that this fund that has been set up in JJ's honor will make a difference to all those who are struggling with this aweful disease. And my sincere condolensces to your family as I can understand the sadness that you are going through at this time.
- Katie

Vicky, Scott, Michelle and family. I have been thinking for days on what to say to all of you. The words do not come easy without tearing up. I don't want to picture you without Jim. He was more then one of the best NFL football coaches, he was a great husband, father and grandfather. I always looked forward to the NFL season to have the football and family connection we always had with the Johnson's. Our prayers are with you and I hope our donations and others will help put cancer behind us.
- Cameron & Becky (Otolski) Bumgarner

Deepest sympathy to your family. He was the greatest defensive coordinator the Eagles ever had and the best in the NFL. Hope to see coach in Canton one day. This town loved him and will miss his Cowboy crushing blitzes. God bless.
- Phillygrl726@yahoo.com

to the family of mr.johnson i live in maryland but have been a fan of the eagles for about 20 years now just wanted to say i'm sorry for your loss jim was a good man no i didn't know him personaly but i do know he loved philly the fans the players and coaches but most of all the game he was a good coach well respected and loved by all but to me he will always be the MAN bar none no one can take his place or ever will he is in our hearts and will be forever loved by all i have you his loveing family in my heart and prayers we all love you to cause you where a part of him god bless you all and just know he was a good man and coach and will be greatly missed EAGLES#2 JIM JOHNSON#1 bye and take care of one another
- DARNELL

I want to send my thoughts and prayers to the Johnson family. I am a lifelong Cowboys fan. With that said, there is no coach (head or assitant) that I have more respect for then Mr. Johnson. He has always had his players playing at the highest level, regardless of their talent level. Watching him orchestrate his defense was to watch one of the best of all-time do his job. He conducted himself with class and grace, all while being the most feared coach because of his amazing ability. I'm sorry for your loss and want you to know that whenever I think of the Philadelphia Eagles, I will forever think of Coach Johnson. Again, I'm sorry for your loss and will have your family in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerly, Russ Tomblin
- Russ Tomblin

I'm sad about the loss of a great defensive coordinator, but an even better person named Jim Johnson. I was hoping that he'd win the batter of cancer, but he and the doctors tried everything, but it didn't work. I'm sorry to the people that knew him very well. I'm a big Eagles fan, and I wish that he had just one Super Bowl ring in his great career. I just want to support the Johnson Family.
- Tim Shea

This message is to the entire Johnson Family. I want you to know that every Eagles fan loved Jim. He was an amazing coach and defensive mastermind as well as an awesome father and grandfather. He is a legend and his legacy will live on forever. This year is for Jim. We are going to win this one for Jim. GO EAGLES!!!!
- John L. Densham Jr.

This message is to the entire Johnson Family. I want you to know that every Eagles fan loved Jim. He was an amazing coach and defensive mastermind as well as an awesome father and grandfather. He is a legend and his legacy will live on forever. This year is for Jim. We are going to win this one for Jim. GO EAGLES!!!!
- John L. Densham Jr.

This message is to the entire Johnson Family. I want you to know that every Eagles fan loved Jim. He was an amazing coach and defensive mastermind as well as an awesome father and grandfather. He is a legend and his legacy will live on forever. This year is for Jim. We are going to win this one for Jim. GO EAGLES!!!!
- John L. Densham Jr.

This message is to the entire Johnson Family. I want you to know that every Eagles fan loved Jim. He was an amazing coach and defensive mastermind as well as an awesome father and grandfather. He is a legend and his legacy will live on forever. This year is for Jim. We are going to win this one for Jim. GO EAGLES!!!!
- John L. Densham Jr.

I AM CERTAINLY SADDENED TO HEAR OF JIM'S PASSING AND CANCER FIGHT. I HAVE COACHED IN THE NFL FOR 8 SEASON'S WITH THE REDSKINS AND SAINTS,HE WAS A PERSONAL FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE. HE WAS A TREMENDOUS COACH AND TEACHER AND HE WILL BE MISSED IN OUR PROFESSION. AS I SAID I HAVE KNOWN JIM FOR A LONG TIME AND ALWAYS ADMIRED HIS WORK. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE FAMILY. THANKS, TOM HAYES
- TOM HAYES

The world is a sadder place.
- jay fields

I have been an Eagles fan for over 30 years. I can say with no equvication that Jim Johnson personified what it meant to be a Philadelphia Eagle. Over the last 10 years he has been the one constant we could count on. No matter how many players were injured, no matter how dour the situation you knew JJ was going to bring it. I realize that the word genius is thrown around indiscriminately these days, but JJ was truly a defensive coaching genius. He will be sorely missed. Beyond his football prowess he was a genuine human being, which is very rare in this day and age. All my best to the Johnson family. God Bless.
- Adam Deane

Dear Johnson Family, We've lost a coaching legend in Jim Johnson who was respected by all, even Eagles rivals. I'm so sorry for the loss. We all share in your grief as well as celebration of the incredible life of Jim Johnson. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May he rest in peace.
- Eunice

Jim Johnson was a great man. I attended my first Eagles game lat year and was privileged to see him work in action. My thoughts and prayers are with you. His spirit will live forever in Philadelphia and in the NFL.
- Randy

I was so sorry to hear about his passing. Though I never had the pleasure of meeting him I felt as though I knew him. I remember screaming at the defensive players "do it for Jimmy." I'll still be thinking it for years to come because I know he'll be watching from above every game day. He'll be watching over you too. God bless you all...
- marie cohen

God Bless you all in your time of loss. Eagles fans lost a great coach, but you lost someone greater than we could ever truly know. Thank you for the sacrifices you made while Coach Johnson gave so much to the Eagles organization. You will always be loved by all the Eagles fans, coaches and players.
- Aaron Chew

Getting to watch Jim Johnson coach the Eagles defense was one of the great joys in my life. Life is made up of a collection of experiences and relationships, and I don't think anyone can underestimate the relationships they have with people they don't ever get to meet. These personalities like artists, musicians, actors, and even politicians, are a large part of our environment, and help shape who we are. For me, watching Eagles football is one of the few recreational experiences I get to have. I think about them when I'm bored, or tired, or need a break from reality. Jim Johnson was a personality that I just loved to watch and study, and I found his defenses to play beautiful football. While I am deeply saddened that this part of my life is over, I am determined to feel grateful that I got to spend time enjoying the work of this great man. He enriched my life for these past 10 years. And I wish I had the chance to thank him for it. Thank you, and please accept my humble condolences for your loss.
- Michael Ryan

I was statistician in the Eagles press box for 15 years, from 1990 to 2005, and had witness to many great victories that the Birds brought to the city of Philadelphia. When the Andy Reid Era ushered in the blitzing defense and schemes of Jim Johnson to opponents who came to the Vet and Lincoln Financial Field, the Eagles gained the reputation as a fearless, confident unit -- ready to take on the best any offense had to show and gave it right back to them. Jim Johnson's defense quieted many great quarterbacks: Troy Aikman, Peyton Manning, John Elway and Ben Rothlisberger to name a few. His squad wreaked havoc and caused much confusion to offensive game plans. And Johnson, in his humble and quiet manner, always gave credit to the opponent and to his players never ever shining the spotlight on himself. Words like class and gentleman and surgical tactician come to mind. My guess is that he probably made a great neighbor, father, husband and friend. He always struck me as a great listener and trusted advisor. Everyone in the sports franchise business works hard. It's a pre-requisite. But to work hard and command the respect of every one in an organization is a tall task, indeed. His breed is rare, and the way he carried himself, even in his final days, is a tribute to his legacy as one of the finest spirits and minds in football history. May his soul rest in peace, and may he never be forgotten. Sincerely, Ted Wolff Bethlehem, PA
- Ted Wolff

I cannot tell you how devastated I was upon hearing the news of Mr. Johnson's passing. When I heard Sean McDermott had officially replaced him, I thought Jim was still feeling under-the-weather from the chemo, but would be back with us when it was finished. Now that we know how sick he was, it is even more unbelievable that he was just at camp not many weeks ago. What a strong and dedicated man! Andy Reid was correct -- I've never heard one bad word about Jim, and that is saying something in Philly! My deepest sympathy to the Johnson family. Jim was a great coach who gave us many exciting years of football, and he will be greatly missed.
- Nancy Kaufmann - Berwyn PA

I cannot tell you how devastated I was upon hearing the news of Mr. Johnson's passing. When I heard Sean McDermott had officially replaced him, I thought Jim was still feeling under-the-weather from the chemo, but would be back with us when it was finished. Now that we know how sick he was, it is even more unbelievable that he was just at camp not many weeks ago. What a strong and dedicated man! Andy Reid was correct -- I've never heard one bad word about Jim, and that is saying something in Philly! My deepest sympathy to the Johnson family. Jim was a great coach who gave us many exciting years of football, and he will be greatly missed.
- Nancy Kaufmann - Berwyn PA

May God bless and comfort you during these trying times.
- Paul Billiltto

i am sorry for your loss. i'm another eagles fan (over 20 yrs) and i live in az. you know his life touched so many people in such a good way. he must have been a wonderful person to share life with. and what a terrific Coach.
- a. kris

I will be an Eagle fan until the day I die! I have been a fan of this football team and they have become part of my life and my family! I pay respect to the Jim Johnson family and hope that this time is a reflection on his great legacy not just on the football field but with his family. It's important that I let the Johnson Family know that Jim was a part of our lives as his contributions, successes, and failures on the football field all held a spot in our hearts! Jim Johnson's death is a strong reminder that life is short and we must all continue to love each other! I would like to thank Jim for being a part of the Philadelphia fans life as we may not have known him personally but you could have concluded that we did when other fans talked about that Eagles defense in any kind of disrespectful manner..we went to bat for Jim like he was a brother and in my eyes he was a brother!!! I hope the family knows that his loss will never be replaced and Eagles fans across the nation can never repay him for the character he displayed, the competitor exhibited, and the passion to bring us the best football team week in and week out! I am 33 years old and if I am blessed to live to see 68 I will still reflect and brag to my kids, friends, grandkids about Jim Johnson. God blessed him as he was a gift to us and we would like to thank Jims family for sharing him with us! God bless you during this tough time for all of us! Rest in peace Mr. Jim Johnson, you are an Eagle for life now!!
- Dawud Brown

My deepest sympathy to the Johnson Family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. Your husband and Dad was a wonderful man, although I'm sure you already know that. My son & I had the opportunity to meet him at the Eagles carnival. When he found out we were from Bethlehem he spent quite awhile talking to us and asking if we go to training camp. He signed my son's football and took a picture with him. This meant so much to my son who is autistic. He will treasure that moment always as I know you will treasure your time you had with him. Our Deepest Sympathy, Karen & Colin
- Karen Bartelt

First I would like to give my condolences to your family. I know this is a difficult time for your family and I hope the out pouring of love from the Delaware Valley has eased your pain a little. Jim was a true gem to all eagles fans and we will miss him greatly. I never met him personally, but I felt like I did know him through all of the wonderful memories of those who did. God Bless your family.
- Chanda Rosa

First I would like to give my condolences to your family. I know this is a difficult time for your family and I hope the out pouring of love from the Delaware Valley has eased your pain a little. Jim was a true gem to all eagles fans and we will miss him greatly. I never met him personally, but I felt like I did know him through all of the wonderful memories of those who did. God Bless your family.
- Chanda Rosa

Dear Vicki, Words cannot express the great loss and sorrow that you and your famiy are feeling. We admired both you and Jim on how you handled the "crazy" fans of Phila. You added a positive touch to a cranky, opinionated, fan -base who live, eat, and die Eagles football. Matt and I always took great delight in telling our friends that we met you one New Year's Eve at the Ramsburg's house in Newtown Square. I must admit, Jim looked like a duck out of water in his tuxedo; somehow, the tuxedo should have been in Eagle green. It was a picture that will stay with me forever. My special ed. students and I will miss writing to Jim and sending him our cards and letters. However, we would love to continue writing to you if you wouldn't mind. The heart ache will continue for a long time and know that our prayers are with you and your family. Thank you for being part of our city and I wish you the very best. Best regards, Cecile Matthews
- Matt and Cecile Matthews

Dear Johnson family, Being a lifelong Eagles fan, I wanted to write and express my heartfelt condolences on the loss of Jim. While I did not know him personally, his dedication to making the Eagles great brought so much joy to Eagles fans everywhere and we'll all miss him very much. Eagles football brings many families together and gives us a way to feel good even in the midst of tough times. My Mom is currently battling cancer and the times we share as a family watching the Eagles brings us together for fun and joy and helps in her fight. Thank you for sharing Jim with all of us for so long and know that we will never forget him and your family is in our prayers. Sincerely, Scott Busby
- Dr. Scott Busby

I want to express my sympathy in the loss of your loved one. I did not know him personally only as a an important part of the eagles team of which I am a devoted fan. God bless you all.
- Mary Walker

My families' thoughts, prayers and good wishes go out to Mr. Johnson's whole family. Having lost my own mother to cancer, I appreciate the battle that all of you went through and I am especially cognicent of having to go through such battle while still being in the public eye. My son and I had the opportunity to meet coach Johnson a number of times at training camp and then on the road with the Eagles in Cincinnatti last year. Each time my son and I met coach Johnson he demonstrated patience and compassion as he took time from his busy schedule to talk to us about the team and to take photos and sign autographs. He was always the one Eagles representative that actually asked us questions about where we were from, what were we doing in town, how much did we know about the team, what players were doing well, etc. It truly was amazing. As a 35 year Eagles football fan living in Toronto, Canada, I got to watch coach Johnson excel as one of the greatest football minds to coach football. To say that he was instrumental in assisting the Eagles achieve their latest successes would be a major understatement and although I do know that talking about football in this difficult time likely seems trivial, it seems that football was coach Johnson's second passion (family being his first passion...as he seemed to always suggest) and thus to know that he achieved so much success in his lifetime must be comforting. G-d bless the entire Johnson family. We are truly sorry for your loss.
- Hayden A. Solomons

Dear Johnsons, Our deepest sympathies to you and the entire Johnson family. Eagle Nation has lost one of its finest. May God bless you all. The Nagys
- The Nagy Family, Atlanta, Georgia

My deepest condolences on the passing of Coach Johnson. I've been an Eagles fan for over 50 years and the last ten have been the best in large part due to his efforts. I became a fan under the influence of my father who also succumbed to melanoma. It's time for a cure so I'm proud to support your fund in memory of Coach J.
- Richard Fawcett

He will be missed. I have no doubt that he left a little of himself with every player who has ever been coached by him, by every peer who has ever coached with him and every love one who shared his life with him.
- Dorothy Callahan

Vicky, Scott and Michelle, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. This is the hardest of times going through the grieving process of losing your husband and father. Morris and I are having a difficult time with the loss of Jim so I cannot imagine the depth of your loss. The Eagles did a wonderful job with their tribute to Jim. One message that came through from everyone pretty much sums up the feelings of anyone who had ever been associated with Jim. He was a good family man, coach and friend who was respected and loved by all who crossed his path. What an honor. Our love to all of you and your families, Morris and Kay
- Morris and Kay Watts

Jim Johnson was incredible. Whenever me and my dad watched Eagles games and someone made a hit or someone got that interception we'd just say "damnn Jim Johnson..that guys crazy". He was the best in the business and was incredible at his job. I'm sure he was twice the man off the football field as he was on. The whole city of Philadelphia will miss him and we all hope you can get through this tough time. God bless your family and God bless Mr. Johnson.
- Will Elia

To the Johnson Family: I have been an Eagles fan since the day I was born in 1979. Over the years players and coaches have come and gone, some going relatively unnoticed. Jim Johnson arrived in 1999 and I have been a huge fan ever since. I cannot express the loss I feel, he was part of my family, the Eagles family. We will never forget the man who made our defense what it is, An emotional attacking gritty defense, that fits the city of Philadelphia and it's fan perfectly. JJ will be sorely missed, I will never forget the greatness, the man, that was Jim Johnson. My condolences to the entire Johnson Family.
- Don Palmatary

In January I saw the news about Jim and immediatly got in my car to go see my Mom. She had melanoma removed in June and was suffering from back pain, I went into her house to see her sitting on the couch watching the news about Jim and I looked her in the eye and said, "You do not have melanoma in your spine too, so get that out of your head!" We both cried for your family and for us, as in the back of our minds I knew I was probably just trying to convince us both that she was going to be OK. The death of Jim Johnson has hit me hard, not because I follow sports or even a football fan, but because my Mom is suffering so badly from what has now been diagnosed as Melanoma tumors on and in her spine at the age of 67. I am so sorry for the loss of your husband, father, grandfather and coach. I do not know any of you, but have and still think of you each and every day since that day in January. I prayed that something would be done, short of a miracle, to cure him, save or prolong his life and then the same could then be done for my Mom. I am so sorry that you all have gone through such a horrible loss and continue to think of your family.
- amy vassalluzzo

God bless your family and Jim Johnson. He will never be replaced as the keen defensive coordinator he was. We will all love and miss him greatly. God bless!
- Louis Rey

PLEASE COUNT US AMONG THE MANY WHO ADMIRED JIM JOHNSON. YOU ARE IN OUR PRAYERS AND MAY YOU FIND COMFORT KNOWING JIM WAS LOVED BY SO MANY.
- SUSAN AND MIKE SACKS

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- john

My heart goes out to you, Jim's family. I am truly sorry for your loss. Thank you for sacrificing your 'family time' with Jim while went he went off and entertained us Eagles fans. Take comfort in the fact that Jim touched the lives of millions, and we are all the better for it. Stay strong. We are all grieving with you...
- Doug Mouery

Sorry for the lost. Stay strong he is in god hands. He seem like a great guy. Mr. Johnson was a big help for the eagles and i dont know if any one can take his place. Stay strong.
- Kevin

Jim is one of those people who touched my life, even though we never met. He is someone I hold in high regard for both his professionalism and the fact that I there was never any negative publicity about him or anyone he loved. My deep condolences to you all.
- Ralph May

I am a 15 year old living in new york and i am a huge eagels fan and would just like to say sorry for your loss.
- Colton Church

I want to send out my condolences to the entire family. I am a life long Ealges fan and loved Jim's work with the team. He will definately be miss. I am so sorry for your loss.
- Jimmy Stiles

My thoughts go out to the Johnson family. I never had the honor of meething the legend himself but always looked forward to watching him and the eagles defense on tv. He was an awesone coordinator and tore teams apart. He will be sadly missed in the sundays coming up. My heart goes out to his wife, kids, and grandkids.
- Aaron R Hafitz

My thoughts and prayers go out to you. It feels like I lost a family member of my own. You should feel proud of the accomplishments Jim had on & off the field. It's sad that his is gone but he's in a better place. I wish the Eagles could have won a Super Bowl for him while he was coaching but let's root for a ring this year in honor of Jim's contributions. God Bless.
- Greg

Football is more than just a game, it is a bond in a relationship that cannot be broken. I never got the opportunity, being from the philadelphia area, to have shaken Jim Johnson's hand. Or to get an autograph from a man that has done so much for me personally. Being overseas in Iraq is never an easy trial no matter what your job is. Seeing the Eagles go deep in the playoffs and knowing that because of him we have fielded a great team since 1999 really hits home for me. Justing seeing him on our sideline as our defensive coordinator made me feel confident and that every play was in our favor. Men who are as good at thier profession as Jim Johnson are rare gems and I'll never forget who he was and all that he had accomplished. When the going got tough, football was a major relief and Jim Johnson fueled the fire. I will miss seeing him on our sideline forever....My deepest condolences to the Johnson family.... Sincerly, Cpl Matthew A Frechette Mateo_Frechette@yahoo.com
- Cpl Frechette, Matthew, A (USMC)

My thoughts are with you in this trying time. Know that we will find a cure for this terrible disease. Best Regards, Raj
- Raj

Dear Johnson Family, I have been an Eagles fan for 5 years. I Live up in Northern New Jersey and rather than choosing the Giants to be my team I chose the Eagles. I knew that Jim was fighting cancer and I thought he was winning but to hear this sudden loss I am deeply saddened. I wish you the best and all the Eagles fans grieve with you. I am speaking for all the Eagles fans out there and saying that we will miss him dearly and hope all of you the best in this time of sadness. Jim will not be forgoten. Best of wishes
- Gregory B

May God help you in this difficult time. I will always remember Jim as the greatest defensive coordinator that ever lived running my favorite team for ten years, his defensive philosophy was truly amazing. I just wish the Eagles could have won the Super Bowl for Jim last season but something tells Jim spirit will guide this team on to win it all in a season that I hope is dedicated to Jim by every Eagles player. It truly is a shame that such a great man had to go so early. I can assure to you that Jim will not only be missed by Eagles fans and his family but by all football fans. May Jim rest in peace.
- Mert Kahyaoglu

We loved Jimmy Johnson and prayed to him and for him every Sunday! He will be missed!
- Cherry Street Eagles Fans