Irish grad Ron Johnson set for Hall of Fame induction
- Ron Johnson compiled 18 sacks during his Shippensburg football career.
- Johnson played three regular-season games with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2003.
- Johnson is currently the strength-and-conditioning coach for the unbeaten Red Lion football team.
Former York Catholic High School football standout Ron Johnson will soon be a Hall of Famer.
The ex-Irish standout will be inducted into the Shippensburg University Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday.
He is one of six former athletes and one former coach to be honored, which also includes Littlestown High School graduate John Sell.
The 30th annual induction ceremony will be held at 12:30 p.m. in the Tuscarora Room inside Reisner Dining Hall.
The event is being held as a luncheon and each inductee will be given an opportunity to provide a short speech.
Johnson is a 2003 Shippensburg grad. He is one of just five Red Raiders to ever play in an NFL regular season game — playing in three games for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2003. That list includes Dover High School graduate John Kuhn, who is currently playing fullback for the New Orleans Saints. Kuhn is also a Shippensburg Hall of Famer.
A three-time All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference defensive lineman, Johnson finished with 158 total tackles at Shippensburg, including 35 for loss and 18 sacks. At the time of his graduation, Johnson ranked sixth in school history for career sacks and remains eighth in the category.
During his junior year in 2001, he led Shippensburg and ranked second in the PSAC with eight sacks.
Johnson was set to start for the Eagles in 2004 but suffered a career-ending back injury.
Johnson is currently a strength-and-conditioning coach for the unbeaten Red Lion High School football team.
John Sell: Sell, a 1981 Shippensburg grad, was an All-American offensive lineman for the Red Raider football team from 1977-1980. He started three years as a guard or center, and is regarded as one of the best offensive lineman to suit up for the Raiders in the last 40 years.
Like Johnson, Sell signed a pro contract with the Eagles after his graduation in 1981. An injury resulted in him being one of the team's final cuts.
Sell's best year at Shippensburg came as a senior in 1980, a season when he earned Associated Press "Little All-America" honorable mention honors in addition to All-PSAC and All-Eastern College Athletic Conference First Team honors. Sell earned the football team's Vinton Rambo award as the outstanding senior lineman.
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