Charley Johnson a native of Big Spring, Texas was one of the most successful quarterbacks of his generation. Before attending New Mexico State where he was a 6'0, 200 pound dual-sport athlete at from 1958 to 1961 in basketball and football, he attended Schreiner Institute from 1956-1958. While at New Mexico State he led the football team to a 23-9 record during his career at quarterback. Johnson is the only back to back Sun Bowl MVP, 1959 and 1960 and is the only player in New Mexico State school history to have a jersey, No. 33 retired. He played 15 years in the NFL with the St. Louis Cardinals (1961-1969), Houston Oilers (1970-1971), and Denver Broncos (1972-1975). Johnson was selected to the 1963 Pro Bowl team. He finished his career with 165 games, 1,737 completions, 170 TDs & 24,410 yards passing and he won 60 percent of the games he started. Johnson was named a member of Denver Broncos Ring of Fame in 1986. He earned his doctorate in chemical engineering while playing professional football and is currently a chemical engineer professor at New Mexico State University. Johnson was inducted into the hall of fame as part of the class of 2010.