Andre Johnson

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Andre Johnson
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Johnson with the Texans in 2010
Houston Texans
Position:Special Advisor
Personal information
Born: (1981-07-11) July 11, 1981 (age 37)
Miami, Florida
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:227 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school: Miami (FL)
College: Miami (FL)
NFL Draft: 2003  / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions:1,062
Receiving yards:14,185
Receiving average:13.4
Receiving touchdowns:70
Player stats at NFL.com

Andre Lamont Johnson (born July 11, 1981) is a former American football wide receiver who played the majority of his 14-year career with the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He's currently working with the Texans organization as "Special Advisor" to the team General manager Brian Gaine and Head coach Bill O'Brien. [1] He played college football at Miami, and was drafted by the Texans third overall in the 2003 NFL Draft. He is eleventh all-time in NFL career receptions, [2] and 10th all-time in NFL receiving yards. [3] Johnson holds nearly every Texans receiving record. [4] He was also a member of the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans.

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Contents

Early years

Johnson attended Miami Senior High School, where he graduated in 1999. He played high school football was rated as one of the top prospects in the country. [5] As a senior, Johnson caught 32 passes for 931 yards and was named a Parade All-American. [6]

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College career

Johnson enrolled at the University of Miami, where he was a standout wide receiver on the Miami Hurricanes football team from 2000 to 2002. [7] He was co-MVP of the 2002 Rose Bowl, in which the Hurricanes defeated the Nebraska Cornhuskers by a score of 37–14 to cap an undefeated season and their fifth national championship. [8] In that game, Johnson connected with quarterback Ken Dorsey for two touchdowns and 199 yards. Johnson finished his college career catching 92 passes for 1,831 yards (19.9-yard average) and 20 touchdowns. His 1,831 receiving yards is ranked fifth on the University of Miami's all-time career list. [9] [10]

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Miami Hurricanes football College Football Bowl Subdivision team; member of Atlantic Coast Conference

The Miami Hurricanes football team represents the University of Miami in the sport of American football. The Hurricanes compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and the Coastal Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The program began in 1926 and has won five AP national championships. The Miami Hurricanes are among the most storied and decorated football programs in NCAA history. Miami is ranked fourth on the list of All-time Associated Press National Poll Championships, tied with Southern California and Ohio State and behind Alabama, Notre Dame, and Oklahoma. Miami also holds a number of NFL Draft records, including most first-round selections in a single draft and most consecutive drafts with at least one first-round selection. Two Hurricanes have won the Heisman Trophy and nine have been inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame. The team plays its home games at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The Hurricanes' head coach is currently Manny Diaz.

2002 Rose Bowl

The 2002 Rose Bowl, played on January 3, 2002, was a college football bowl game. It was the 88th Rose Bowl game and was the BCS National Championship Game of the 2001 college football season. The game featured the Miami Hurricanes and the Nebraska Cornhuskers, marking the first time since the 1919 Rose Bowl, and only the third time in the game's history, that neither the Big Ten nor the Pac-10 Conferences had a representative in this game. The Hurricanes won the game, 37–14, for their fifth national title. Miami quarterback Ken Dorsey and wide receiver Andre Johnson were named the Rose Bowl Players of the Game.

Johnson was inducted into the Miami Sports Hall of Fame on April 10, 2014 at a ceremony in Miami. [11]

While at Miami, Johnson also ran for the Hurricanes track and field team. In 2002, he won the Big East 60-meter dash with a time of 6.81 seconds at the Big East Indoor Championship and followed that up by winning the 100-meter dash with a career-best time of 10.59 seconds at the Big East Outdoor Championships. He won the 200-meter dash at the 2003 GMAC Championships with a career-best time of 21.48 seconds. Also a top competitor in the 400 meters, he ran a career-best time of 46.47 seconds in the finals of the 2003 FHSAA Class 3A Championships.

College statistics

Andre JohnsonReceiving
YearTeamGPRecYardsTDs
2000 Miami 113571
2001 Miami 113768210
2002 Miami 12521,0929
College totals35921,83120

Source: [12]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
HtWt 40-yard dash 10-yd split20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad Wonderlic
6 ft 2 in
(1.88 m)
230 lb
(104 kg)
4.39 s4.10 s39 in
(0.99 m)
11 ft 0 in
(3.35 m)
23 [13]
All values from NFL Combine, except for 40-yd and 20-ss from Miami Pro Day [14]

Houston Texans

2003 season: Rookie year

Johnson was the number three overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans. [15] He severed ties with NFL agents Michael Huyghue and Jeff Moorad before hiring sports attorney Don West, Jr. to negotiate his rookie contract with the Texans. [16] Johnson was signed to a six-year, $39 million contract and was able to start training camp on time due to a timely contract negotiation. His rookie contract included over $13.501 million in guaranteed compensation. [17]

2003 NFL Draft

The 2003 NFL draft was the procedure by which National Football League (NFL) teams selected amateur college football players. The draft is known officially as the "NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting" and has been conducted annually since 1936. The draft was held April 26–27, 2003 at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. The league also held a supplemental draft after the regular draft and before the regular season.

Michael L. Huyghue is a sports lawyer and businessman and former commissioner of the United Football League, having served in that capacity since the league's founding in 2007. He was previously a member of the legal department of the NFL Players Association before joining the NFL Management Council. Uniquely positioned from having thus worked on both sides of the player/management relationship, he called for the 2011 NFL labor standoff to be settled by keeping the lawyers for both sides out of the negotiating process.

Jeffrey S. Moorad is an American businessman and investor. He began his career as a sports agent, before serving as General Partner and CEO of MLB’s Arizona Diamondbacks, and Vice-Chairman and CEO of MLB’s San Diego Padres.

In Johnson's rookie season, he started and played in all 16 games, recording 66 receptions for 976 yards and four touchdowns. He also recorded five rushes for −10 yards. [18] He was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team. [19]

2004 season

Johnson's breakout year came in 2004 when he combined with Texans quarterback David Carr to record 79 catches for 1,142 yards and six touchdowns. [20] He was selected to his first Pro Bowl in recognition of his successful season. [21]

2005 season

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Johnson cools down at Houston Texans training camp

In the 2005 season, Johnson regressed. He only played 13 games due to injury and had 63 receptions with 688 yards and two touchdowns as the Texans finished a franchise-worst 2–14. [22] When interviewed in 2012, Johnson said that he was frustrated with the team's struggles, even saying that at times he "didn't want to get up and go to work", but knew that with a new franchise, struggles were expected and he wanted to be there to see the team make the next step. [23] [24]

2006 season

Johnson returned from injury and started all 16 games. [25] In Week 4, against the Miami Dolphins, he earned AFC Offensive Player of the Week with nine receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown. [26] [27] He led the NFL in receptions with 103 for 1,147 yards and five touchdowns and made his second Pro Bowl appearance. [28] [29] [30]

2007 season

On March 3, 2007, the Texans signed Johnson to a six-year extension; the deal was worth $60 million and includes $15 million in guarantees. [31]

In 2007, Johnson missed seven games due to injury. He returned mid-season to finish with 851 receiving yards and a career-high eight receiving touchdowns. [32] He led the league in receiving yards per game in 2007 with 95.6. [33]

2008 season

For his efforts in the month of October, Johnson earned AFC Offensive Player of the Month. he totaled 41 receptions for 593 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns. [34] On December 14, 2008, Johnson recorded his first 200-yard game with 207 yards and one touchdown in the Texans' 13–12 win over their AFC South rival Tennessee Titans. [35] Johnson finished the 2008 season recording career highs in receptions and receiving yards totaling 115 receptions for 1,575 yards (both of which lead the league) and touchdown receptions with eight. [36] This same season, Johnson became the first player in NFL history to record seven games with at least 10 receptions. He was named to the Pro Bowl and was a First Team All-Pro. [37] [38]

2009 season

In 2009, Johnson once again led the league in receiving yards with 1,569 on 101 receptions and a career-high nine touchdowns to lead the Texans to a 9–7 record, the first winning record in franchise history. [39] [40] Johnson joined Jerry Rice as the only two receivers since the merger to lead the league in receiving yards in consecutive seasons. [41] However, the Texans narrowly missed the playoffs on tiebreakers to the Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets, who also finished with a 9–7 record but had better conference records. [42] Once again, Johnson was named to both the Pro Bowl and the First Team All-Pro. [43] [44]

2010 season

On August 4, 2010, Johnson became the highest paid wide receiver in NFL history when he signed a two-year contract extension, keeping him under contract through the 2016 season. [45]

Johnson (80) during Texans practice in 2010. Andre Johnson of Houston Texans.jpg
Johnson (80) during Texans practice in 2010.

In Week 2, against the Washington Redskins, he had 12 receptions for 158 yards and a touchdown to earn AFC Offensive Player of the Week. [46] [47] On November 28, 2010, against the Tennessee Titans, Johnson became the first player in NFL history to have 60 or more receptions in each of his first eight seasons. [48] In the same game, he fought Tennessee Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan. After being jammed hard off the line of scrimmage by Finnegan to the head and neck area repeatedly throughout the game, Johnson lost his temper and pulled off Finnegan's helmet. Finnegan then removed and threw Johnson's helmet down-field and was promptly thrown to the ground by his jersey. Johnson then proceeded to strike Finnegan on the back of his head and neck before being pulled away by the referee. Johnson and Finnegan were ejected from the game, but not suspended. [49] Both were fined $25,000 for their unsportsmanlike actions. [16] He was invited to the 2011 Pro Bowl, but the Texans finished 6–10 and missed the playoffs once again. [50] [51] He was ranked No. 7 his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2011. [52]

2011 season

In the first three weeks, Johnson had caught seven passes in each of the first three games for at least 90 yards per game and had two touchdown catches. [53] [54] [55] However, just as running back Arian Foster had returned from a hamstring injury, Johnson suffered one of his own in Week 4 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. In the second quarter, as Johnson caught a pass from Matt Schaub, he went down untouched, grabbing his right hamstring. The injury caused him to miss nine games and playing limited snaps in the other three. Johnson finished the season with career-lows in games played (7), receptions (33), yards (492), and touchdowns (2), but the Texans, in their tenth season in the NFL, made the playoffs for the first time in franchise history by winning the AFC South Division with a 10–6 record. [56] [57]

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Johnson in 2010.

Johnson made his playoff debut against the Cincinnati Bengals on January 7, 2012. In the game, Johnson had five receptions for 90 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown catch. [58] The Texans won 31–10 and advanced to the divisional round where they fell to the Baltimore Ravens 20–13. Johnson caught eight passes for 111 yards in the losing effort. [59] He was ranked 15th by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2012. [60]

2012 season

On October 14, 2012, Johnson became the first Texan in franchise history to reach the 10,000 receiving yards milestone during a Sunday Night Football loss to the Green Bay Packers in 2012. [61]

On November 18, 2012, Johnson had the best game of his career in a Week 11 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. He had 14 receptions for 273 yards in that game, including the 48-yard game-winning touchdown in overtime. [62] His receiving total was ninth-most in a game in NFL history and was the most for any receiver since Terrell Owens had 283 yards for the San Francisco 49ers in 2000. [63] On November 22, Johnson had nine receptions for 188 yards in a Week 12 victory, again in overtime, over the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Thursday, crossing the 1,000 yards receiving mark for the sixth time in his career. Johnson set the NFL record for the highest receiving total in back-to-back games with 461 yards, beating the previous record of 450 yards set by Chad Johnson. [64] [65] Due to Johnson's efforts, he was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Month. [66]

Johnson finished the 2012 NFL season second in receiving yards with a career-high 1,598 yards after Calvin Johnson and fourth in receptions with 112 receptions after Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall, and Wes Welker. [67] [68] Johnson had one of the best seasons of his career even though he played through a groin injury that limited his production during the first half of the season. Many analysts doubted he would not be able to return to top form after his injury in 2011 and his limited production during the first half of the season. [69] Johnson had his third 1,500+ yard season in his career. He is tied with Marvin Harrison for the second-most 1,500+ yard seasons with 3, after Jerry Rice who has 4. [70] Johnson was selected to play in the 2013 Pro Bowl, his sixth selection of his career. [71] Johnson was voted onto the 2012 All-Pro Team's Second Team, his fifth All-Pro selection in his career. He was ranked 14th by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2013. [72]

2013 season

In 2013, Johnson put together another solid season. He appeared in and started all 16 games for the Texans. [73] He had 109 receptions for 1,407 yards and five touchdowns. [74] He was named to his final Pro Bowl. [75] He was ranked No. 21 by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2014. [76]

2014 season

In the 2014 season, Johnson appeared in, and started, 15 games. [77] He had 85 receptions for 936 yards and three touchdowns in what was his final season with the Texans. [78]

Release from Texans

On March 2, 2015, Johnson was informed that he would not be starting for the Texans for the 2015 season. He was given permission to seek a trade and if unsuccessful, he requested to be cut. After failing to find a team willing to trade for Johnson, the Texans released him on March 9, 2015. [79] He played 12 of his 14 NFL seasons with the Texans.

Indianapolis Colts

On March 11, 2015, Johnson agreed to a three-year, $21 million contract with the Indianapolis Colts. [80]

With the retirement of Reggie Wayne, 34-year-old Johnson began the 2015 season as the NFL's active leader in receiving yards, which he remained until passed by Steve Smith Sr. in Week 4 of 2016. The best game of Johnson's 2015 season came against his former team, the Houston Texans, where he caught six passes for 77 yards and two touchdowns. [81] Johnson was released on March 9, 2016. [82] In his only season with the Colts, Johnson made 41 receptions for 503 yards and four touchdowns. [83]

Tennessee Titans

On July 29, 2016, Johnson agreed to a two-year contract with the Tennessee Titans. [84] In his lone season with the Titans and final season in the NFL, he appeared in only eight games and started four. He had nine receptions for 85 yards and two touchdowns. [85] One of his touchdowns was a fourth down game-winner against the Detroit Lions in Week 2 from Marcus Mariota. [86]

Retirement

Johnson announced his retirement on October 31, 2016. [87] [88] On April 19, 2017, Johnson signed a one-day contract with the Texans so he could officially retire as a member of the team. [89] During his farewell press conference he said his only regret was not bringing a championship to Houston and "even when I was with the Colts and the Titans, my heart never left this place." [90] On November 19, 2017, Johnson was the first-ever inductee into the Texans Ring of Honor. [91]

Career statistics

Regular season

SeasonTeamGamesReceivingRushingFumbles
GPGSRecYdsAvgLngTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
2003 HOU 16166697614.846T45−10−2.0110
2004 HOU 1616791,14214.554T64123.014011
2005 HOU 13136368810.953T26101.75011
2006 HOU 16161031,14711.15353144.718010
2007 HOU 996085114.277T811
2008 HOU 16161151,57513.765811
2009 HOU 16161011,56915.572T92105.07010
2010 HOU 1313861,21614.16082105.07010
2011 HOU 773349214.9502188.080
2012 HOU 16161121,59814.360T4
2013 HOU 16161091,40712.962T5
2014 HOU 15158593611.035333
2015 IND 16144150312.3354
2016 TEN 849859.4202
Total1931871,06214,18513.4777023542.3180107

Postseason

SeasonTeamGamesReceivingRushingFumbles
GPGSRecYdsAvgLngTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
2011 HOU 221320115.5401
2012 HOU 221215713.1220
Total442535814.3401

Career awards and highlights

NFL records

Texans franchise records

Personal life

In 2003, Johnson's rookie season, he founded the Andre Johnson Foundation for children and teens growing up in single-parent homes. [92] He has a daughter, Kylie, who was born in February 2010. [93]

On December 4, 2012, Johnson made headlines around the world when it was shared that he spent over $19,000 for kids aged 8–16 in Child Protective Services to have a shopping spree at Toys R' Us. Johnson's own foundation, the Andre Johnson Charitable Foundation, funded the spree. The shopping spree is an event that Johnson partakes in yearly; however, due to a photo of him holding up lengthy receipts, this was the first year the shopping spree generated worldwide attention. [94] After the spree, Johnson also joined the Houston Police Department's Blue Santa program to surprise 800 students at Houston's Bastian Elementary School with Christmas presents.

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