Steve Johnson (American football)

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Stevie Johnson
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Johnson in the 2011 preseason.
No. 13     San Francisco 49ers
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-07-22) July 22, 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth: San Francisco, California
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 207 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school: Fairfield (CA) Rodriguez
College: Kentucky
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 7 / Pick: 224
Debuted in 2008 for the Buffalo Bills
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • VIZIO Top Value Performer (2010)
  • First Team All-SEC (2007)
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Receptions 301
Receiving Yards 3,832
Receiving TDs 28
Stats at NFL.com

Steven John Johnson[1] (born July 22, 1986) better known as Stevie Johnson, is an American football wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft and played college football at Kentucky.

High school career[edit]

Johnson attended Angelo Rodriguez High School in Fairfield, California. He was only able to play football two years there as the school didn't add a football program until his junior year. After his senior season, he earned All-State and first-team All-Conference honors.[2] He also played two years of basketball and was a second-team All-Conference selection.

College career[edit]

Johnson attended Chabot College in California from 2004 to 2005 before transferring to the University of Kentucky. In his first season with the program, he recorded 12 catches for 159 yards (13.3 avg) and 1 touchdown. Against Clemson in the Music City Bowl, Johnson caught three balls for 67 yards.

The 2007 season was a historic one for Johnson as he compiled 61 receptions for 1,052 yards (17.2 avg) and 13 touchdowns. He became the fourth player in school history to gain over 1,000 yards receiving and his thirteen touchdowns in a season rank second on the school's season-record list.

During the season, he caught three game-winning touchdowns, including one against Clemson in the Music City Bowl.[2]

After the season, Johnson was selected to the College Football News' All-Southeastern Conference first-team.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 2 in 210 lb 4.59 s 1.59 s 2.62 s 4.26 s 7.07 s 32½ in 10 ft 1 in
All values from NFL Combine.[citation needed]

Buffalo Bills[edit]

Johnson was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the seventh round (224th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft.

2008 season[edit]

His first reception came in Week 5 against the Arizona Cardinals, and went for 8 yards. In Week 15, against the New York Jets, Johnson caught his first touchdown reception, a two-yard pass from J. P. Losman. He caught his second touchdown a week later against the Denver Broncos on a three-yard pass from Trent Edwards. Johnson finished his rookie season with 10 receptions for 102 yards and 2 touchdowns.

2009 season[edit]

Battling a severe rib injury in 2009, he only managed 2 catches for 10 yards.

2010 season[edit]

After good off-season practices Johnson was able to win the starting receiver position before 2010 season. After losing his starting position early in the season, he regained it with a string of good performances. In a Week 7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Johnson had a career-game, catching 8 passes for 158 yards and a touchdown. Two weeks later, he set a career-high in catches with 11 for 145 yards against the Chicago Bears.

During Week 3 of the 2010 season in a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium, Johnson scored a fourth-quarter touchdown. After the score, he imitated a minuteman firing a rifle and fell to the ground backwards pretending to be shot. Johnson was fined $10,000 for the celebration.[4] In a Week 11 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, he caught 8 passes for 137 yards and a career-milestone 3 touchdowns. After his first touchdown, Johnson lifted his jersey to reveal the question "Why so serious?" written on his T-shirt. The quote, made famous by The Joker in the Batman movie sequel The Dark Knight,[5] was directed at Bengals wide receivers Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco, who referred to themselves as Batman and Robin.[6] Johnson was fined $5,000 by the league office for the celebration.[7]

After dropping a pass that led to a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in November, Johnson lamented on Twitter to God, "I PRAISE YOU 24/7!!!!!! AND IS THIS HOW YOU DO ME!!!!! YOU EXPECT ME TO LEARN FROM THIS??? HOW???!!! ILL NEVER FORGET THIS!! EVER!!! THX THO . . .", resulting in mockery by the press. This thwarted Buffalo's ability to make it to the playoffs that year, and seemed to have devastated Stevie.[8] He had a breakout campaign in 2010 with 82 receptions, 1073 yards and 10 touchdowns. Following the season, Johnson was named the 2010 Vizio Top Value Performer for being the NFL player who outplayed his salary by the widest margin.[9]

2011 season[edit]

In 2011, Johnson's numbers fell a bit, posting 76 receptions for 1,004 yards and 7 touchdown receptions. According to Steve, he played the year with a torn groin and a broken hand, which hurt his production but proved his dedication to the football team.

During the 2011 season, Johnson was fined twice for excessive celebrations. The first was Week 12 against the New York Jets. Johnson pretended to shoot his leg and then fly like a Jet and pretended to crash, imitating Jets receiver Plaxico Burress. The second was during a Week 17 against the New England Patriots, after scoring a touchdown, he lifted his jersey to reveal "Happy New Year! written on his under-shirt. He was given a 15 yard unsportsmanlike penalty, and Head coach Chan Gailey subsequently benched Johnson for the rest of the game, ending his season.[10]

2012 season[edit]

On March 5, 2012, Johnson signed a new 5-year contract with the Buffalo Bills worth $36.25 million with a signing bonus of $8.5 million.[11]

In the 2012 season, staying consistent with his statistics, he recorded 79 receptions for 1,046 yards and 6 touchdowns. He became the only receiver in Buffalo Bills history to record three consecutive 1,000 yard receiving seasons.

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

On May 9, 2014, after The Buffalo Bills acquired Sammy Watkins in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Bills traded Johnson to the San Francisco 49ers for a conditional fourth round pick in 2015 Draft that could become a third round selection.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

Season Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
GP Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
Regular season
2013 Buffalo Bills 12 52 597 11.5 45 3 1 10 10 10 - - 1
2012 Buffalo Bills 16 79 1,046 13.2 63 6 - - - - - - 1
2011 Buffalo Bills 16 76 1,004 13.2 55 7 - - - - - - 0
2010 Buffalo Bills 16 82 1,073 13.1 45 10 - - - - - - 1
2009 Buffalo Bills 5 2 10 5 5 0 - - - - - - 0
2008 Buffalo Bills 11 10 102 10.2 21 2 1 6 6 - - - 0
Total 76 301 3,832 12.7 63 28 2 16 0 0 0 0 3
Postseason
No playoff appearances

Personal[edit]

Johnson lives with his wife Britney and their three children; a daughter, Miyah (born in August 2007), a son, Steve (born in April 2009), and daughter, Mia Bella (born in April 2012).[13][14] Johnson is the cousin of bay-area rapper Ya Boy.

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