Daryl Johnston Biography

(American Football Fullback)

Birthday: February 10, 1966 (Aquarius)

Born In: Youngstown, New York, United States

Daryl Johnston is a former American NFL player who played as a fullback for the Dallas Cowboys throughout his professional career, spanning 11 years. He later became a broadcaster and NFL analyst, working for CBS and Fox network. In 2018, he accepted the responsibility as the general manager of the San Antonio Commanders of the Alliance of American Football. He started playing football when he was studying at Lewiston-Porter High School and was named Western New York Player of the Year in 1983. He later played college football at the University of Syracuse. For the Dallas Cowboys, he scored 22 touchdowns and had more receptions (294) than carries (232), scoring the third highest total receptions among Cowboys’ running backs. He was instrumental in the NFL creating the fullback position in the Pro Bowl. He was selected to two Pro Bowls and won three Super Bowl rings. He blocked for Emmitt Smith until a neck injury prematurely ended his career, and contributed significantly in helping Smith become the all-time NFL rushing leader. In 1998, he made a guest appearance on the 'Moonbone' episode of the PBS children's television series 'Wishbone'.
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Also Known As: Daryl Peter Johnston, Moose Johnston

Age: 58 Years, 58 Year Old Males


Spouse/Ex-: Diane Krebs (m. 1996)

children: Aidan Wallace Johnston, Evan Elizabeth Johnston

American Football Players American Men

Height: 6'2" (188 cm), 6'2" Males

U.S. State: New Yorkers

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education: Syracuse University

Rise to Stardom
Daryl Johnston emerged as a standout tailback on the Lewiston-Porter High School football team and was named Western New York Player of the Year in 1983. He also helped his team win their division in his senior year. He was a redshirt freshman at the University of Syracuse and played on special teams. In 1986, during his sophomore year, he earned the starting fullback position and was named All-Big East in 1987 and an All-American in 1988. He once rushed for 138 yards, the most by a Syracuse running back since Larry Csonka's 154 yards in 1967. He ended his collegiate career by rushing 1,830 yards and catching 46 passes. Following his college graduation, he entered the 1989 NFL draft and was selected in the second round as the 39th overall pick by the Dallas Cowboys, the only team that he played for throughout his career between 1989 and 1999.
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Professional Career
Daryl Johnston received the nickname 'Moose' from backup quarterback Babe Laufenberg during his rookie year due to his large stature compared to other running backs. Dallas fans subsequently began chanting the name 'Moose' whenever he made a play. He played as fullback throughout his 11 years long career with the Dallas Cowboys, and played in 149 consecutive games between 1989 and 1997. He ended his career with 22 touchdowns and was one of the greatest 'special teams' players in the Dallas Cowboys history. He also had 294 receptions, totaling 2,227 yards for the average of 7.6 yards, compared to 232 carries for 753 yards at an average of 3.2 yards. In 1993 alone, he registered 50 receptions and averaged 7.4 yards per catch. He was the first prototype fullback selected in the 1993 Pro Bowl squad.
Broadcasting Career
Soon after his retirement from professional football, Daryl Johnston began his broadcasting career as an NFL analyst for CBS in 2000. One year later, in 2001, he became a fulltime FOX NFL booth analyst and joined the NFL Players Inc sponsored program Players Inc Radio in 2003, after it moved to Fox Sports Radio. He was on the second broadcast team with Dick Stockton between 2001 and 2006, before being paired with Kenny Albert from 2007 to 2013. Since then, he began working as a color commentator alongside Albert. He also worked with Tony 'Goose' Siragusa until the latter was fired by the network following the 2015 season. Johnston initially began analyzing the collegiate Cotton Bowl Classic game for Fox with Pat Summerall in 2009 and later teamed up with Kenny Albert. He served as an analyst for the NFL Network's 'Total Access' until 2012. He last appeared as a broadcaster on 'NFL on FOX', alongside Chris Myers and Laura Okmin in 2017, before embarking on a managerial career in 2018.
Family & Personal Life
Daryl Peter Johnston was born on February 10, 1966 in Youngstown, New York, United States to Ann and Peter Johnston. He attended Lewiston-Porter High School in Youngstown and graduated as the valedictorian of his class with a perfect grade point average of 4.0. He began playing football while he was in school and continued to play at the University of Syracuse, from where he received a degree in economics in 1989. He married model Diane Krebs on March 30, 1996, and has two children with her: son Aidan and daughter Evan. The family currently resides in Dallas, Texas.
Daryl Johnston is also well-known for his charity work, having contributed to charities, such as the Special Olympics, Children's Cancer Fund, Cystic Fibrosis and Literacy Instruction For Texas (LIFT). He served as the honorary chairman for MDA's 'Aisles of Smiles' campaign and the American Cancer Society's Gunslingers' Ball.

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