Allen "Sweet Pea" Johnson was another of the many Duke football standouts of the late 1930s.
A native of Lexington, N.C., Johnson had an outstanding career under legendary head coach Wallace Wade. He was a starting guard for the Blue Devils in 1938 when the team went through the entire regular season undefeated, untied, and unscored upon. The "Iron Dukes" captured the Southern Conference championship, closed the year ranked third in the national poll and represented the school in the Rose Bowl, dropping a 7-3 decision to Southern California.
A year later, Johnson served as the captain of Duke's 1939 squad that went 8-1 and finished the season ranked eighth in the final Associated Press national poll. The Blue Devils outscored their opponents by a combined 183-42 count and suffered only a 14-13 loss to Pittsburgh. Johnson received All-South recognition following the season.
Nicknamed "Sweet Pea", Johnson helped Duke to a three-year record of 24-4-1 with a pair of league titles and three top-20 final national rankings.