Rashad Johnson

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Rashad Johnson
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Johnson playing for the Cardinals in 2012.
No. 26     Arizona Cardinals
Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-01-02) January 2, 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth: Sulligent, Alabama
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 204 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school: Sulligent (AL)
College: Alabama
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 3 / Pick: 95
Debuted in 2009 for the Arizona Cardinals
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • 2× First-team All-SEC (2007, 2008)
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Tackles 191
Pass deflections 15
Interceptions 6
Forced fumbles 1
Touchdowns 1
Stats at NFL.com

Julian Rashad Johnson (born January 2, 1986) is an American football safety for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He was selected by the Cardinals in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Alabama.

Early years[edit]

A native of Sulligent, Johnson played at an average Class 3A high school and had no Division I-A offers.[1] He chose to attend Alabama as a walk-on running back, and was later awarded a scholarship and became the team leader in the secondary as a free safety.

In the 2008 game versus LSU Johnson had three interceptions, including one that he returned for a touchdown, and one in overtime that helped Alabama win the game and secure the SEC West Division crown.

Professional career[edit]

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Johnson was selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the third round (95th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. He has 5 tackles on special teams for the 2009 season. He became a restricted free agent following the 2011 season, but was re-signed on April 16, 2012. On October 26, Johnson was fined $21,000 for an illegal block in Week 7 against the Minnesota Vikings.[2]

He scored his first touchdown after intercepting Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford in the 2012 season.[3]

On March 12, 2013, Johnson signed a three-year contract to stay with the Cardinals.[4] Before the start of the 2013 season, he switched to jersey number 26 from his original number 49.[5] During a game against the New Orleans Saints on September 22, 2013 he lost his left middle fingertip.[6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Walk-on now starts for 'Bama". Chicago Tribune. October 6, 2006. Retrieved June 13, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Fines roundup: Alphonso Smith docked for horse-collar tackle". National Football League. 2012-10-26. Retrieved 2012-10-26. 
  3. ^ Rashad Johnson pick six
  4. ^ Wilkening, Mike (March 11, 2013). "Cardinals keep Rashad Johnson". NBCSports.com. Retrieved 2014-07-20. 
  5. ^ Weinfuss, Josh (September 4, 2013). "Number changes dot Cardinals' roster". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2014-07-20. 
  6. ^ http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1784024-rashad-johnson-injury-updates-on-cardinals-safetys-finger-surgery-return-date
  7. ^ Garber, Greg (September 27, 2013). "Rashad Johnson talks lost fingertip". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2014-07-20. 

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