Ted Johnson

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Ted Johnson
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Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1972-12-04) December 4, 1972 (age 48)
Alameda, California
Career information
High school: Carlsbad (CA)
College: Colorado
NFL Draft: 1995  / Round: 2 / Pick: 57
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Ted Curtis Johnson [1] (born December 4, 1972) is a former American football player in the National Football League. He grew up in Carlsbad, California where he graduated from Carlsbad High School in 1991. From there he attended the University of Colorado and was drafted by the Patriots in the second round of the 1995 NFL Draft with the 57th overall selection.


Playing career

In his ten-year professional career, Johnson played in 125 regular season games and recorded 763 tackles, 11.5 sacks, one interception, 16 passes defensed, six forced fumbles, and seven fumble recoveries. He was noted for his ability to generate many tackles and for his smart play at the linebacker position. He also was able to make an impact for the Patriots without tackling the ballcarrier, as former Fox Network analyst and NFL player Matt Millen states, "What you didn't see is Ted Johnson stoning the guard, getting off the guard, taking on the fullback and freeing up (Todd) Collins to make the tackle. That play does not get made except for Ted Johnson." [2]

Johnson retired before the 2005 NFL season after sustaining many documented and undocumented concussions during his career.

Career statistics

1995 NE 127141300.5020000001000
1996 NE 1611486280.0110100004000
1997 NE 1612795324.0100000001000
1998 NE 139565302.0000000004000
1999 NE 53825132.0100000000000
2000 NE 137350230.5030000001000
2001 NE 124532130.0110000004200
2002 NE 149662341.5100000001300
2003 NE 8211560.0000000000100
2004 NE 167755221.0100000001200


Post-playing career

In an interview with USA Today in 2005, Johnson indicated he would know the opposing team's private signals or audibles prior to the game in order to have a competitive advantage. He claims that he never knew the source of the confidential information. [4]

Every now and then I'd get a sheet, one hour before the game, with a list of audibles for our opponent. I don't know how, but they just showed up."

Ted Johnson (November 2005), [5]

On February 1, 2007 Johnson told the New York Times that he suffers from amphetamine addiction, depression and headaches related to post-concussion syndrome and Second Impact Syndrome. He placed some blame on his former coach Bill Belichick for pressuring him to participate in full contact practice drills three days after suffering a concussion in an exhibition game against the New York Giants in August 2002. Johnson reported that during the drills, he suffered a second concussion, and he argues that Belichick asked him to participate against the advice of the team's head trainer. Belichick denies these allegations. [6] Some thought Johnson's revelation was suspect based upon a December 20, 2006 column in the Boston Herald where columnist Michael Felger said Johnson told him that he would have considered playing for the Patriots in 2006 had they asked (in the wake of a season-ending injury to linebacker Junior Seau). [7] However, in a February 14, 2007 interview on the Dennis and Callahan Show on WEEI, Johnson claimed he wasn't being serious when he said that, and in fact stated he said it sarcastically. [8] [9]

On January 28, 2009, he discussed his problems with concussions sustained during his pro football career and the impact it had on his life in a CNN article. He indicated he was very inactive for two years following his retirement, barely leaving the house, and described those as bad days. He describes himself as still occasionally suffering from anger, depression, and throbbing headaches. The implication is that he is feeling better recently; however, no details are provided.


Johnson served as an adjunct professor for two years at Suffolk University in the Boston area. [10]

In 1984, Ted Johnson Sr., his father, and Sylvia Johnson, his stepmother, opened The Original Rib Tickler barbecue restaurant in Tomball, TX. [11]

Sports radio

Johnson spent the 2005 season as a football analyst for Boston television station WBZ-TV, but resigned from the station in 2006.

Johnson served as a co-host of "The Triple Threat" afternoon show on KILT (SportsRadio 610) in Houston. During his radio sports talk show on March 21, 2013, he was asked who was the ugliest wife in the NFL. He named Bianca Wilfork, wife of his former teammate Vince Wilfork. After receiving widespread criticism for his comment, including from Wilfork, Johnson issued an apology. [12] [13] Johnson left the Triple Threat and SportsRadio 610 in summer 2018 to return to the northeastern US. [14]

In December 2018, 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston hired Johnson.

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  1. Pats' Johnson Solid up the Middle
  2. "Ted Johnson Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
  3. NFL czars: Spygate is 'yesterday's news'
  4. 'Spygate' lingers even with closure
  5. Ted Johnson profile in Boston Globe
  6. Blog mentioning Johnson's statements
  7. "WEEI Dennis and Callahan audio vault". WEEI (AM). February 14, 2007. Retrieved February 14, 2007.
  8. 2013 Boston Globe story on Johnson
  9. Ted Johnson
  10. Rib Tickler
  11. "Ted Johnson calls Bianca Wilfork, spouse of former New England Patriots teammate Vince Wilfork, the ugliest wife in the NFL". Daily News. New York.
  12. http://espn.go.com/boston/nfl/story/_/id/9086381/ted-johnson-apologizes-calling-vince-wilfork-wife-ugliest
  13. portsRadio 610 Programming Schedule

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