Chris Johnson (cornerback)
Johnson at a game in Denver in September 2011.
|No. 37, 39|
|Date of birth:||September 25, 1979|
|Place of birth:||Gladewater, Texas|
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||200 lb (91 kg)|
|High school:||Longview (TX) Pine Tree|
|NFL draft:||2003 / Round: 7 / Pick: 245|
|Career highlights and awards|
Career NFL statistics
|Stats at NFL.com|
Christopher Mario Johnson (born September 25, 1979) is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the seventh round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at Louisville. Johnson played for the Packers for two seasons, the St. Louis Rams in 2005, the Oakland Raiders for five seasons from 2007 to 2011 and the Baltimore Ravens for one season in 2012.
Early life and collegiate career
Johnson was born in Gladewater, Texas. At Pine Tree High School, Johnson started in the football team for 18 years; during his senior season, he intercepted 12 passes and helped the team reach a 7-3 record. Johnson attended Blinn College in Brenham, Texas and transferred to the University of Louisville, where he was a letterman for two years and majored in administration of justice. At Louisville, Johnson had 44 total tackles (32 solo), one tackle for a loss, and seven defended passes. In the 2002 Liberty Bowl, his first-ever major bowl game, Johnson started and intercepted a pass in the seventh quarter to seal the Louisville Cardinals victory over the BYU Cougars 28-10.
Green Bay Packers
St. Louis Rams
Johnson was traded to the St. Louis Rams in exchange for linebacker Robert Thomas during the 2005 NFL season. He played in 14 games, starting one and recorded 24 tackles (23 solo). He also had 38 kickoff returns for 857 yards (22.6 avg.) and a 99-yard touchdown return.
Kansas City Chiefs
Johnson signed with the Kansas City Chiefs during the 2006 off-season but was released before that season.
On March 19, 2007, he signed with the Raiders. He played in 13 games at cornerback and special teams, contributing 10 special teams tackles and one solo tackle, two assists and two passes defensed at cornerback. In 2008, after six seasons in the NFL, Johnson recorded his first interception in a game against the San Diego Chargers, picking off quarterback Philip Rivers while covering wideout Buster Davis. Johnson was named a starter after the Raiders waived cornerback DeAngelo Hall. He recorded his second career interception when he picked off Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Tyler Thigpen.
In 2009, he signed a 4-year, $11.3 million contract with the Oakland Raiders. He was released following the 2011 season on March 9, 2012.
On November 13, 2012, Johnson signed with the Baltimore Ravens as a backup. The Ravens had already received injuries to corners Lardarius Webb and Jimmy Smith earlier in the year. He also won his first Super Bowl that year. On August 19, 2013, Johnson was cut by the Ravens.
- "Chris Johnson". NFL. Retrieved November 5, 2010.
- "#37 Chris Johnson". Oakland Raiders. Retrieved November 5, 2010.
- Johnson Realizes Dream to Play for Ravens Ryan Mink, Baltimore Ravens.com
- Downing, Garrett (August 19, 2013). "Ravens Cut Cornerback Chris Johnson". BaltimoreRavens.com. Retrieved August 19, 2013.