Todd Johnson

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Todd Johnson
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Johnson (32) against the Packers
No. 32, 35
Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1978-12-18) December 18, 1978 (age 35)
Place of birth: Sarasota, Florida
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 202 lb (92 kg)
Career information
High school: Sarasota (FL) Riverview
College: Florida
NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 4 / Pick: 100
Debuted in 2004 for the Chicago Bears
Last played in 2009 for the Buffalo Bills
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2009
Games played 80
Games started 22
Tackles 190
Fumbles recovered 2
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Todd Edward Johnson (born December 18, 1978) is an American former college and professional football player who was a safety in the National Football League (NFL) for seven seasons during the 2000s. Johnson played college football for the University of Florida, and thereafter, he played professionally for the Chicago Bears, St. Louis Rams and Buffalo Bills of the NFL.

Early years[edit]

Johnson was born in Sarasota, Florida in 1978.[1] He attended Riverview High School in Sarasota,[2] where he was a standout defensive back for the Riverview Rams high school football team.[3] Johnson was an all-state selection and a SuperPrep All-American as a senior, and set the school record for the 110-yard intermediate hurdles in track & field.[3]

College career[edit]

Johnson accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Steve Spurrier and coach Ron Zook's Florida Gators football teams from 1998 to 2002.[4] The Gators coaching staff decided to redshirt him as a true freshman in 1998, and he spent the season practicing with the scout team; subsequently, Johnson became a four-year letterman and started in thirty-three out of forty-nine games in which he played.[3] As a redshirt freshman in 1999, he had twenty-four tackles, four passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.[3] During his sophomore season in 2000, he started all thirteen games, led the team with a career-high 102 tackles, and had five interceptions, three passes defensed, one forced fumble, and four fumble recoveries, including one returned seventy-six yards for a touchdown, and received first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) honors.[3][4] Johnson started all eleven games as junior in 2001, tallying seventy-two tackles, three passes defensed, and two interceptions and again received first-team All-SEC honors.[3][4] As a senior team captain in 2002, he started all thirteen games, an compiled eighty-eight tackles and two interceptions and was a second-team All-SEC selection.[3][4] Johnson finished his Gator career with a total of 284 tackles and nine interceptions.[3]

Johnson graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in applied physiology and kinesiology in 2009.

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft[edit]

Pre-draft measureables
Height Weight 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6-0⅞ 206 * 4.56 * 1.57 * 2.64 * 4.19 ** 7.01 * 33½" * 9'09" * 19 * 29 *
* represents NFL Combine

Chicago Bears[edit]

Johnson was selected by the Chicago Bears in the fourth round (100th pick overall) in the 2003 NFL Draft,[5] and played for the Bears for four season from 2003 to 2006.[6] He did not appear in any regular season games in 2003,[6] after suffering a broken jaw in a preseason game. He returned in 2004, playing in sixteen games including ten starts, and finished the season with seventy-five tackles.[1] Johnson was Mike Brown's immediate backup during his time with the Bears, and saw extended playing time following Brown's season-ending injury in 2004. The following year, 2005, Johnson saw action in fourteen games, totaling thirty-five tackles.[1] Johnson made thirty-two tackles during 2006,[1] and was released following the season.

St.Louis Rams[edit]

Johnson signed a four-year $4 million contract to play with the St. Louis Rams on March 12, 2007. In his first season with the Rams, he finished the campaign with 29 tackles. In 2008 Johnson made 23 tackles in a backup safety role. He was waived by the Rams on September 5, 2009.

Buffalo Bills[edit]

On October 13, 2009, Johnson signed a one-year free agent contract with the Buffalo Bills. Johnson was placed on injured reserve on January 2, 2010 due to a hamstring injury.

Coaching career[edit]

Johnson became the head football coach of his alma mater, Riverview High School, in 2011.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, Todd Johnson. Retrieved October 9, 2010.
  2. ^ databaseFootball.com, Players, Todd Johnson. Retrieved October 9, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h GatorZone.com, Football History, 2002 Roster, Todd Johnson. Retrieved October 9, 2010.
  4. ^ a b c d 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, p. 97, 99, 125, 153–154, 182 (2011). Retrieved August 29, 2011.
  5. ^ Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 2003 National Football League Draft. Retrieved October 9, 2010.
  6. ^ a b National Football League, Historical Players, Todd Johnson. Retrieved October 9, 2010.
  7. ^ Scott Dennis, "Todd Johnson named new Riverview football coach," WWSB ABC-7 News (April 6, 2011). Retrieved January 15, 2012.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Carlson, Norm, University of Florida Football Vault: The History of the Florida Gators, Whitman Publishing, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia (2007). ISBN 0-7948-2298-3.
  • Golenbock, Peter, Go Gators! An Oral History of Florida's Pursuit of Gridiron Glory, Legends Publishing, LLC, St. Petersburg, Florida (2002). ISBN 0-9650782-1-3.
  • Hairston, Jack, Tales from the Gator Swamp: A Collection of the Greatest Gator Stories Ever Told, Sports Publishing, LLC, Champaign, Illinois (2002). ISBN 1-58261-514-4.