Free-agent Madness: Johnson vs. Krieg

Yesterday: Finally, a victory by a defensive player.

In the first three opening-round matchups, quarterback Dave Krieg dispatched defensive back Jordan Babineaux, kicker Norm Johnson ousted linebacker Rufus Porter and fullback Mack Strong advanced over defensive tackle Joe Nash.

But safety Eugene Robinson halted the offensive onslaught in the fourth – and final – opener by defeating quarterback Jon Kitna. Robinson, the franchise’s all-time leading tackler, got 71.7 percent of the votes, or 215. That left Kitna with 28.3 percent, or 85 votes.

Today: Johnson vs. Krieg, in the first semifinal.

Krieg arrived in 1980, out of now-defunct Milton College. Johnson came two years later, from UCLA. Each left their mark on the franchise, in different ways.

By the time he left after the 1991 season, Krieg held franchise records in 31 career, season and single-game categories – including the career marks for pass attempts, completions, passing yards and touchdown passes.

Johnson, meanwhile, remains the club’s all-time leader in points scored, field goals attempted and made and PATs attempted and made.

The sum of all their impressive numbers helped equal playoff berths in 1983, 1984, 1987 and 1988, as well as a 12-4 record in ’84 and a 10-win season in 1986.

Record-setting point producer? Or prolific passer? You make the call.

Tomorrow: Robinson vs. Strong, in the other semifinal

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