John played under legendary Coach Merrill Gainer where he helped guide the Beavers to an undefeated season and a state championship in 1962. John returned a punt for a 62 yard touchdown in the championship game. He was named to All County, All Conference and All State. John continued playing at Concord College where an injury ended his career. He became the first student in history to become principal and athletic director at Bluefield where he remained until retirement in 1997.