Charlie Johnson (offensive lineman)

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Charlie Johnson
Charlie Johnson at Super Bowl XLIV.jpg
No. 74     Minnesota Vikings
Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-05-02) May 2, 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth: Durant, Oklahoma
Height: 6 ft 4 in (193 cm) Weight: 305 lb (138 kg)
Career information
High school: Sherman (TX)
College: Oklahoma State
NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 6 / Pick: 199
Debuted in 2006 for the Indianapolis Colts
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 8, 2013
Games played 111
Games started 92
Stats at NFL.com

Charles Edward "Charlie" Johnson (born May 2, 1984) is an American football guard for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football for the Oklahoma State University Cowboys.

Early years[edit]

Johnson attended Sherman High School in Sherman, Texas, the same high school former Colts' punter Hunter Smith attended. At Oklahoma State, he was converted from a tight end to an offensive tackle.

Professional career[edit]

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

Johnson was selected with the Indianapolis Colts' sixth-round pick in the 2006 NFL draft. As a rookie, he started one game, filling in for the injured right tackle Ryan Diem against Tennessee in week 13, and, additionally, filled in for Diem for a portion of Super Bowl XLI.

Due to the retirement of stalwart LT Tarik Glenn, Johnson had an opportunity to win the starting left tackle job during his second season, but was beaten out by rookie Tony Ugoh. Injuries to Ugoh and Diem, however, led to Johnson starting 10 of 16 games at LT and RT, respectively. Johnson's performance during the 2007 was widely viewed by fans as a disappointment (the 2007 season marked the first time in five years that the colts finished out of the top 5 in least sacks allowed), considering the competence he had shown as a rookie.

In Johnson's third season, he was moved to left guard in order to compensate for the loss of injured starter Ryan Lilja. Johnson started all 16 games, 12 at LG and 4 at LT, and was one of only two starting OL (the other being Ryan Diem) to play in every game that season.

The following year, Johnson beat out underachieving starter Tony Ugoh for the starting LT position during training camp. Through 6 games, Johnson has demonstrated solid improvement at his position, in contrast to previous years' performances.

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

On August 1, 2011, Johnson signed with the Minnesota Vikings. He played left tackle in his first full season with the Vikings but was then moved to left guard after the team drafted tackle Matt Kalil from USC.

Personal Life[edit]

On December 18, 2012, Johnson appeared on an episode of Ink Master where he received a tattoo of a dragon on his right forearm by contestant Tatu Baby.

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