Leon Johnson (American football)

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Leon Johnson
No. 32, 35
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1974-07-13) July 13, 1974 (age 40)
Place of birth: Morganton, North Carolina
Career information
College: North Carolina
NFL Draft: 1997 / Round: 4 / Pick: 104
Debuted in 1997
Last played in 2004
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Johnson is the only player in Atlantic Coast Conference history to be in the top five in career all-purpose yards, top five in career touchdowns, top five in career scoring, top 10 in career rushing yards and top 10 in career receptions. He is first in all-purpose yards in league history, second in touchdowns and fifth in scoring. He scored 50 touchdowns in his career, just one shy of the all-time ACC record held by Ted Brown of N.C. State. He scored 306 points, one of just four players in league history to top the 300-point mark. He and Brown are the only two non-kickers to accomplish that feat.
Career NFL statistics
Rushing attempts-yards 217-799
Receptions-yards 46-489
Touchdowns 13
Stats at NFL.com

William Leon Johnson (born July 13, 1974 in Morganton, North Carolina) is a former professional American football running back. He played seven seasons for the New York Jets, the Chicago Bears, and the San Diego Chargers in the National Football League. Johnson played quarterback at Morganton's Freedom High School. He was moved to tailback at the University of North Carolina.

He played under Mack Brown in college at University of North Carolina.

  • 1993: 179 carries for 1,012 yards with 14 TD. 29 catches for 233 yards with 2 TD.
  • 1994: 151 carries for 805 yards with 7 TD. 29 catches for 266 yards with 2 TD.
  • 1995: 225 carries for 963 yards with 12 TD. 54 catches for 408 yards.
  • 1996: 242 carries for 913 yards with 10 TD. 39 catches for 381 yards.

He finished his college career with 3,693 rushing yards and 43 TD and added 1,288 yards receiving with 4 TD.


He is also the father of one child named Jaylen Johnson