He was probably one of the best back up receivers in league history. He would have started on most teams, for sure. But with Drew Pearson and Tony Hill on board, Butch Johnson was a #3 receiver. He still caught alot of balls. He was acrobatic and fun to watch.
What he is most remembered for is his flamboyant touchdown dance, named the "California Quake." He would draw imaginary six shooters, fire them and raise his hands in the air and his whole body would start to shimmy. It was almost as good as the 6 points he provided the team.
In today's NFL, having celebrations is seen as a bad thing. I disagree. While I despise the Redskins, I wasn't offended by their "fun bunch" celebration. I don't remember anyone going into a catatonic state because of the "Icky Shuffle." It was simply a celebration for accomplishing something. It was fun.
I tried unsuccessfully to find a video online of the California Quake. But it is burned indelibly into my mind. It has forever made Butch Johnson on of my favorite Cowboys of all time, despite the fact that he ended his career in Denver (the hated Broncos).
Here is a link showing the trading cards of several great Cowboy receivers. Enjoy.