Butch Johnson was raised in Los Angeles, and played football for UC Riverside. In 1975 at UCR, Butch was named a Division II All-American and led the nation in receiving during the last year that the university had a football team. Butch was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 1976 and played for them through 1983.
In Super Bowl XII, Butch made a diving catch of a 45-yard touchdown pass from Roger Staubach to help Dallas defeat the Denver Broncos 27-10. The following year, he became only the second player to catch touchdown passes in back-to-back Super Bowls. Butch played for the Denver Broncos in 1984-1985 and then retired from professional football.
Butch continues to live in Texas, working as a motivational speaker and helping to promote proper nutrition for active and healthy lifestyles. In 2012, Butch was inducted into the UCR Sports Hall of Fame.