Sylvester Johnson was an All-High athlete in both football and track while at Bennett. A four year track sprinter, Sylvester was part of two All-High 880 relay teams. The 1962 squad captured the “Scalp & Blade” track championship. In three years of varsity football, Sylvester was a first team All-High running back on two of coach Nick Mogavero’s squads. The 1964 squad played for the Harvard Cup, but lost to Riverside H.S.
After high school Sylvester attended Tennessee State University, where he played one year of college football. Most of his working career was as a general manager in the automobile industry.
Making this day extra special for Sylvester is that he and his son Shane are the first father/son combination athletes to be inducted into our Bennett Sports Hall Of Fame. The Johnson’s have four other children including Sylvester Jr., Syreeta, Stacy and Sharon.