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June 4, 1988
Bret Johnson, El Toro High School quarterback, was honored as the county player of the year Friday night at a dinner at the Saddleback Inn paying tribute to the selections for the 29th Orange County All-Star football game. Johnson led the Chargers to two consecutive Southern Conference football championships and didn't lose a game he started over two years. The award was sponsored by the Orange County Sportswriters' Assn.
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July 24, 1993 | CHRIS FOSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bret Johnson has fled to Canada to play football. It's a country that has offered refuge to a quarterback tired of controversy. Whether it's a fresh start or a last chance has yet to be determined. But, either way, the terms are agreeable. Around Toronto, no one cares that he was a high school whiz, having led El Toro to a pair of Southern Section championships. Nor do they seem too interested in his well-publicized rivalry with Raider quarterback Todd Marinovich.
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July 24, 1993 | CHRIS FOSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bret Johnson has fled to Canada to play football. It's a country that has offered refuge to a quarterback tired of controversy. Whether it's a fresh start or a last chance has yet to be determined. But, either way, the terms are agreeable. Around Toronto, no one cares that he was a high school whiz, having led El Toro to a pair of Southern Section championships. Nor do they seem too interested in his well-publicized rivalry with Raider quarterback Todd Marinovich.
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November 15, 1989 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Either you're for Todd Marinovich. Or, you're for Bret Johnson. No middle ground. Never was when they were kids. Or in high school. Or on the recruiting trail. And there certainly won't be any Saturday at the Coliseum. Opposing quarterbacks in Saturday's USC-UCLA game, Marinovich and Johnson have been pitted against one another most of their lives. Al Davis and Pete Rozelle haven't bumped heads as often. Some say reporters have blown up the Marinovich-Johnson relationship into a feud.
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September 3, 1989 | JERRY CROWE, Times Staff Writer
At UCLA, where success is sometimes measured as much by Trojan misfortune as by Bruin accomplishment, failing to reach the Rose Bowl with Troy Aikman was made just slightly more tolerable when USC lost each year to the Big Ten champions. Of course, that's not all that UCLA had to gloat about. While the Trojans were losing in Pasadena, the Bruins won bowl games in each of Aikman's two seasons in Westwood, establishing a National Collegiate Athletic Assn. record last Jan. 2 with their seventh straight postseason victory, a 17-3 beating of Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl.
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September 22, 1990
Now we really know why Bret Johnson left UCLA to attend Michigan State. If he stayed, he would have been the No. 3 quarterback. JAMES BRUNET and ANNE PAUTLER Los Angeles
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September 8, 1990
So poor Bret Johnson decided to quit UCLA because he wouldn't be starting? Isn't that a shame. In high school, when Johnson was El Toro's sophomore quarterback, I was the starting center. One thing I'll always remember is that when the going got tough, Bret whined, sniveled and pointed fingers--at everybody except himself. Bret never lost a game because the other guy was better. Bret always lost because his teammates didn't block, the referee made a poor call or there was bad weather.
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April 23, 1989
Coach Terry Donahue, UCLA's football coach, said competition for starting quarterback is between third-year sophomore Jimmy Bonds and second-year freshman Bret Johnson, after the team's third spring practice scrimmage. Bonds completed seven of 12 passes for 95 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown pass play; Johnson completed four of nine for 27 yards.
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November 20, 1992 | JERRY CROWE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rob Johnson chooses his words carefully, not wanting to provide added motivation for the opposition during this big-game week. But it is clear that the USC quarterback's distaste for UCLA runs deeper than the rivalry between the two schools. A year ago, when he was a freshman, Johnson told a reporter that he had "harsh feelings" toward the school from which his brother bolted two years ago.
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September 18, 1992 | MIKE PENNER
I guess a winner has been finally declared in the Todd Marinovich-Bret Johnson quarterback stakes. The Hundred Months War is over. By way of byways and side streets, around roadblocks and detour signs, Orange County's most famous, favorite family feud arrived at this juncture this week: Marinovich is starting in the National Football League. Johnson is sitting in the Big 10.
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August 27, 1992 | JERRY CROWE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
USC put its offense into the hands of a new leader Wednesday, when Coach Larry Smith announced that sophomore Rob Johnson will be the starting quarterback when USC opens the season against San Diego State on Sept. 5 at San Diego. Junior Reggie Perry, a starter in all but one game during the Trojans' 3-8 season last fall, will be Johnson's backup. Perry, naturally, was disappointed, but he said Johnson deserves the promotion. He said Johnson took the job from him last spring.
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May 2, 1992
Congratulations, Bret Johnson, you took your demotion like a man. You have been on the bench for two years, never missed a practice, and you know the system. Tommy Maddox has left for the pros. Good things always come to those who wait. Everyone will know your name again. The UCLA alumni will be forever grateful. You are set for life. Wisely, unlike Maddox, you listened to the counsel of your parents. JEFF BROWN Fountain Valley
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November 21, 1991 | JERRY CROWE
Rob Johnson, USC's freshman quarterback, can't help but think about his brother this week as the Trojans prepare to play UCLA Saturday at the Coliseum. Bret Johnson quit the UCLA program last year on the eve of his sophomore season, transferring to Michigan State after losing his job as starting quarterback. "I don't want this to come out sounding unfair to UCLA, but I have harsh feelings inside me," Rob Johnson told Bob Keisser of the Long Beach Press-Telegram.
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September 11, 1991 | JOHN WEYLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bret Johnson gets yet another reminder that you can run, but you can't hide: The television lights snap on and the reporter conducting the live interview for the evening news pops the first question. "Do you want to follow in the footsteps of Todd Marinovich?" she asks. " . . . Well, really, I don't think I'd want to go that route," Johnson manages. "I think she knew she'd made a mistake," Johnson said later. "I think she was just asking me if I wanted to play pro ball."
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September 10, 1991 | Associated Press
Junior Bret Johnson, a transfer who started for UCLA in 1989, will start for 18th-ranked Michigan State against Central Michigan on Saturday, Coach George Perles said. A judge in Missoula, Mont., ordered that Montana offensive tackle Steve Premock, who had been declared ineligible by the NCAA for alleged steroid use, be allowed to play. Citing "substantial questions" about the NCAA's drug-testing procedures, Judge Douglas Harkin issued his injunction after a two-day hearing.
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November 2, 1990 | ELLIOTT TEAFORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Maybe the Rob Johnson Story would be juicier if he had transferred to El Toro High School under questionable circumstances. Or if his father made boasts about winning the Heisman Trophy some day. Or if he didn't eat birthday cake at his own party. Or even if his name were Bret Johnson. Meet Rob Johnson, Bret's 17-year-old brother. A quarterback? Of course. The best high school quarterback in the United States? No, but a very good one.
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