Gartrell Johnson

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Gartrell Johnson
No. 33, 27
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-06-21) June 21, 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth: Miami, Florida
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Weight: 219 lb (99 kg)
Career information
College: Colorado State
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 4 / Pick: 134
Debuted in 2009 for the New York Giants
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics as of 2009
Rushing attempts 13
Rushing yards 43
Rushing TDs 0
Stats at NFL.com

Gartrell Godfrey Johnson, III (born June 21, 1986 in Miami, Florida[1]) is a former American football running back. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Colorado State. Johnson has also played for the New York Giants and Atlanta Falcons.

Early years[edit]

As a senior at Miami Springs High School in 2003, he was Dade County's leading rusher with 1,649 yards and accounted for 18 touchdowns. For his performance, he earned all-Conference and all-State honors and also holds Miami Springs High's single-season rushing record, especially significant considering that Miami Springs was also the high school attended by Willis McGahee, Mitch Green, Jon Lewis, and Freddie Myles. Buddy Goins was his coach at MSHS.

College career[edit]

He ended his five-year career at CSU with an outstanding 2008 campaign for which he received first team All-MWC honors. Johnson accounted for over 3,000 yards of total offense and 26 touchdowns in his college career. Johnson became the first player to lead CSU in rushing for three straight seasons since E.J. Watson (1993–95), and recorded CSU's first 1,000-yard season since Kyle Bell in 2005.[2] He showed an astonishing performance in the 2008 New Mexico Bowl when he rushed for 286 yards and two touchdowns, also receiving five passes for 90 yards,[3] he sealed the game on a 77-yard touchdown with 1:46 remaining earning Offensive MVP honors. His 375 all-purpose yards ranks second all-time in a bowl game, behind East Carolina's Chris Johnson, who had 408 all-purpose yards; 153 in kickoff returns in the 2007 Hawaii Bowl.[4] He was named Team’s Fum McGraw MVP as senior.[5]

Statistics[edit]

Rushing Receiving Total
Year GP GS Att Yards Avg TD Long Avg/G Rec Yards Avg TD Long Touch Yards TD Avg/G
2004 (Fr.) 1 0 2 12 6.0 0 5 12.0 1 -2 -2.0 0 -2 3 10 0 10
2005 (Fr.) 3 0 11 26 2.4 0 7 8.7 0 0 0 0 0 11 26 0 8.6
2006 (So.) 12 7 109 305 2.8 6 15 25.4 5 41 8.2 0 13 114 346 6 28.8
2007 (Jr.) 12 7 181 957 5.3 6 45 79.8 12 103 8.6 2 31 193 1,060 8 88.3
2008 (Sr.) 13 13 278 1,476 5.3 12 77 113.5 32 295 9.2 0 57 310 1,771 12 136.2
Totals 41 27 581 2,776 4.8 24 77 67.7 50 437 8.7 2 57 631 3,213 26 78.4

Professional career[edit]

Johnson was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the fourth round (134th overall) in the 2009 NFL Draft.

Pre-draft[edit]

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
5-10¼ * 219 lb * 4.67 ** 1.56 * 2.68 * x x 34" * 9'06" * 20 * 12 *

(* represents NFL Combine; **represents Colorado State Pro Day; x = did not participate)[6]

San Diego Chargers[edit]

Johnson was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. After being inactive for the Chargers first game of the season, he was waived on September 14, 2009.

New York Giants[edit]

Johnson was claimed off waivers by the New York Giants on September 15, 2009. Johnson recorded his first regular season NFL carry with the Giants in 2009. He finished the year averaging 3.3 yards per carry; gaining 43 yards on 13 rushing attempts.

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Johnson signed with the Atlanta Falcons on September 21, 2010. On the season, Gartrell carried the ball 10 times for 36 yards. He was waived on September 2, 2011.

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