Derrick Johnson

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Derrick Johnson
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Johnson at a 2007 Chiefs mini camp
No. 56     Kansas City Chiefs
Inside linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1982-11-22) November 22, 1982 (age 31)
Place of birth: Waco, Texas
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 242 lb (110 kg)
Career information
High school: Waco (TX)
College: Texas
NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15
Debuted in 2005 for the Kansas City Chiefs
Career history
Roster status: Injured reserve
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Tackles 870
Quarterback sacks 22.5
Interceptions 11
Forced fumbles 20
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Derrick "DJ" O’Hara Johnson (born November 22, 1982) is an American football linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Texas and earned consensus All-American honors twice. The Chiefs chose him in the first round (15th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft, and he's a 3 time Pro Bowler.

Early years[edit]

Johnson was born in Waco, Texas. He attended Waco High School, and played for the Waco Lions high school football team. He registered 170 tackles (103 unassisted), 21.0 stops for loss, 6.0 quarterback sacks, five forced fumbles and two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown as a senior. Johnson produced a career-high 30 tackles and four forced fumbles in a single game. He earned Parade magazine high school All-America and first-team All-Texas Class 5A honors following both his junior and senior seasons, and played in the first-ever U.S. Army All-American Bowl on December 30, 2000.

College career[edit]

Johnson enrolled in the University of Texas at Austin, and played for coach Mack Brown's Texas Longhorns football team from 2001 to 2004 and became one of the most dominant linebackers in Longhorns history. Johnson was a first-team All-Big 12 selection in 2002, 2003 and 2004, a consensus first-team All-American in 2003, and unanimous first-team All-American in 2004.[1] Following his senior season, he was also recognized as the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, and received the Dick Butkus Award and Bronko Nagurski Trophy. The Texas Longhorns finished 11–1, and defeated the Michigan Wolverines 38–37 in the 2005 Rose Bowl.

College career statistics[edit]

Year Games Played Tackles Sacks Pass Defense Fumbles Blkd Kick
Solo Ast Total TFL-yds No.-yds Int-yds PBU Rec-yds FF
2001 12 57 26 83 17-63 4.5-29 - 3 2-0 1 -
2002 13 73 47 120 13-31 2-4 4-85 10 - - -
2003 13 78 47 125 20-51 2-10 4-92 9 3-12 1 -
2004 12 73 57 130 19-52 2-15 1-18 8 - 9 1
Career 50 281 177 458 69-197 10.5-58 9-195 30 5-12 11 1

Career awards and records[edit]

Professional career[edit]

2005 NFL Draft[edit]

Johnson was drafted 15th overall by the Kansas City Chiefs. After a month-long holdout by Johnson, he was signed by the Chiefs to a five-year deal worth $10.4 million.[2] He joined Derrick Thomas and Percy Snow as the third Butkus Award winner to play for the Chiefs.

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 3 12 in 242 lb 4.52 s 1.61 s 2.66 s 3.93 s 7.21 s 37 12 in 10 ft 0 in
All values from NFL combine[3]

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Johnson started every game for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2005, becoming the first Chiefs linebacker in 20 years to start all 16 games of his rookie campaign. He was subsequently awarded the Mack Lee Hill Award by the Chiefs (presented to the most outstanding rookie).

In Week 17 of the 2009 NFL season, Johnson had an NFL-record tying two interceptions returned for touchdowns.

November, 2010 - received a five-year contract extension. The total value of the deal was $34 million; $15 million of that in guaranteed money.

Following a stellar 2011 NFL season, Johnson was named to his first Pro Bowl and was also named 1st team All-Pro.

During a week 1 game against the Tennessee Titans on September 8, 2014, Johnson suffered a torn Achilles. Later in the day, it was announced he would miss the rest of the season.[4] Two days later, Johnson was placed on injured reserve.[5]

Professional career statistics[edit]

Year Team Games
Played
Tackles Sacks Pass Defense Fumbles
Solo Ast Total No. Int-yds PBU Rec-yds FF
2005 KC 16 80 16 96 2 0-0 5 0-0 2
2006 KC 13 58 18 76 4.5 0-0 3 0-0 2
2007 KC 16 83 11 94 4 2-18 6 0-0 3
2008 KC 14 68 17 85 1.5 1-7 6 0-0 4
2009 KC 15 30 7 37 1.0 3-175 5 0-0 1
2010 KC 16 95 26 121 1.0 1-15 16 0-0 4
2011 KC 16 104 27 131 2.0 2-18 9 0-0 1
2012 KC 16 110 15 125 2.0 0-0 4 0-0 4
2013 KC 15 95 12 107 4.5 2-44 6 2-11 0

Personal[edit]

His older brother, Dwight played defensive tackle at Baylor and in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants.

Johnson's apartment in Kansas City was featured on a 2006 episode of MTV Cribs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2011 NCAA Football Records Book, Award Winners, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, p. 11 (2011). Retrieved June 26, 2012.
  2. ^ Athan, Nick (July 31, 2005). "Chiefs Ink Top Draft Pick Derrick Johnson". Scout.com. Retrieved May 5, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Derrick Johnson Draft Profile", NFLDraftScout.com .
  4. ^ "Chiefs lose linebacker Derrick Johnson for season with torn Achilles". YahooSports.com. 
  5. ^ "Chiefs Announce Roster Moves". KCChiefs.com. 

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