- Category : 1930-births
- Type : MGE
- Profile : 4/6 - Opportunistic / Role Model
- Definition : Split - Small (6,39,41,44,48)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Rulership 2
American-Canadian professional football player in the Canadian Football League, a running back for the Calgary Stampeders (1952-1954) and the Edmonton Eskimos (1954-1964). He played college football at Drake University. He is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, the National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame, the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame, the Edmonton Eskimos Wall of Honour, the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, and the Des Moines Register's Iowa Sports Hall of Fame.
The Johnny Bright incident was a violent on-field assault against African American player Johnny Bright by a white opposing player during an American college football game held on 20 October 1951 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The game was significant in itself as it marked the first time that an African American athlete with a national profile and of critical importance to the success of his team, the Drake Bulldogs, had played against Oklahoma A&M College (now Oklahoma State University) at Oklahoma A&M's Lewis Field. Bright's injury also highlighted the racial tensions of the times and assumed notoriety when it was captured in what was later to become both a widely disseminated and eventually Pulitzer Prize-winning photo sequence.
Johnny D. Bright died on 14 December 1983, aged 53, in Edmonton, Alberta.