Charley Johnson was one of three inductees into the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame in 1986 along with fellow quarterback Frank Tripucka and defensive end Paul Smith.
Johnson once threw for 445 yards in a game (vs. Kansas City, 11/18/74), marking the second-highest single-game passing total in team history at the time, and recorded four 300-yard passing games for his career. He also threw a touchdown pass in 10 consecutive games from 1973-74. He finished his Broncos career with 7,238 passing yards, which currently rank ninth in team history, and 52 touchdown passes, which currently rank seventh in club annals. He had a 20-18-3 (.524) record as a starter with Denver and averaged an impressive 7.46 yards per pass attempt.
A draft choice of the St. Louis Cardinals, Johnson played his first professional season with that club in 1961 and set many passing records during nine years with the team. He was traded to Houston before the 1970 season and was with the Oilers for two years before joining the Broncos.
Johnson was a star quarterback at New Mexico State University, where he led his team to two Sun Bowl titles.