Ian Johnson (American football)
Johnson at the 2009 Vikings Training Camp
|Date of birth:October 10, 1986|
|Place of birth: Monrovia, California|
|College: Boise State|
|Undrafted in 2009|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Ian Johnson attended Damien High School (La Verne, California) and was named Inland Valley Offensive Player of the Year, L.A. Times All-San Gabriel Valley first team, San Gabriel Valley Tribune All-Area first team, Daily Bulletin Inland Valley All-Area Team, All-Sierra League MVP, and CIF Division II first-team all-league as a senior. Johnson was also a team captain for the Spartans and set Damien High School records in career rushing yards, season rushing yards (2,009 yards) and points scored (347). He also lettered in track where he was an All-Sierra League and All-CIF pick while competing in the 100-meters, 200-meters, and 4x100-meter relay. He was a high school teammate of Arena Football League star, Nick Davila.
Johnson was redshirted for the 2004 season. In his freshman year in 2005, he rushed for 1,445 yards, at that time the 2nd-most by a freshman in Broncos history, scoring 14 touchdowns. In his illustrious six-year career at BSU, Johnson ran for 6,030 yards and 58 touchdowns, surpassing Marshall Faulk for the WAC Career Rushing Touchdown record.
The Broncos finished the 2006 regular season unbeaten (12-0) and became only the second team from outside the BCS conferences to play in a BCS bowl game. They played in the 2007 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl against the Oklahoma Sooners, the year's Big 12 champion. In the Fiesta Bowl, he scored the game winning two-point conversion in overtime on a Statue of Liberty play to the left side. Boise State defeated Oklahoma 43-42, completing a perfect 13-0 season. Johnson rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown. Following the game, during an interview with Chris Myers, Johnson proposed to his girlfriend Chrissy Popadics, Boise State's head cheerleader, on Fox Sports' postgame coverage. She accepted and they married on July 28, 2007. According to Johnson, he received about 30 threatening letters which he handed over to the FBI, from people who objected to his nationally-televised interracial marriage proposal at the end of the 2007 Fiesta Bowl. Johnson, who is half-black, and Popadics, who is white, hired security for their wedding due to the threats.
Johnson had been considered a dark horse Heisman Trophy candidate. However, shortly after the announcement of his consideration for the Heisman Trophy, a collapsed lung sidelined Johnson for one game and hurt his chances of winning the Heisman. After the end of the 2006 regular season, he led NCAA Division I-A in scoring with 24 touchdowns. On December 7, 2006, Sports Illustrated named Johnson to their 2006 All-American first team. This made Johnson the first Boise State athlete to be named to a major All-American team. CBSSports.com also named him All-America in 2006. He was also named to the All-WAC team, won a Division I-A Offensive Player of the Week award, two WAC Offensive Player of the Week awards, and was a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award. Johnson ran an official 4.58 40-yard dash at Boise State.
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP||Wonderlic|
|5 ft 11¼ in||212 lb||4.46 s||1.46 s||2.55 s||4.18 s||6.86 s||33 in||9 ft 8 in||26 reps||26|
|3-cone and broad jump from Boise State Pro Day, all others from NFL Combine.|
He ran the fastest 40 yard dash time for a running back at the 2009 NFL Combine with a 4.46. He was signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Vikings. In Week 4 of the Preseason Johnson ran for 2 touchdowns in 17 carries against the Dallas Cowboys. Johnson was waived by the Vikings on September 4, 2010. He was re-signed to the practice squad two days later.
The Arizona Cardinals signed Johnson to their practice squad on September 6, 2010.
He was released from the practice squad on September 27, 2010.
San Francisco 49ers
Johnson was signed the 49ers practice squad on September 12, 2011. He was released on December 14, 2011.
In November 2010, Ian Johnson joined Kituku and Associates in Boise as a motivational speaker and personal coach. Johnson will speak at schools, businesses, churches, and associations on turning dreams to reality, winning as a team, making the right choices, and overcoming challenges.
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- "Mills, Johnson land jobs; Jets put in claim on Payne". StarTribune.com. Retrieved 2013-04-02.
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- Voices.IdahoStatesman.com. "Former BSU star Ian Johnson added to Detroit Lions practice squad". Voices.IdahoStatesman.com. Retrieved 2013-04-02.
- Twentyman, Tim (2013-03-29). "Lions establish 53-man roster". Detroitlions.com. Retrieved 2013-04-02.
- Alex Espinoza (2011-12-14). "49ers.com | LB Wilhoite Added to P-Squad". Blog.49ers.com. Retrieved 2013-04-02.
- Miami Dolphins transactions December 2011
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