Will Johnson (American football)

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Will Johnson
Will Johnson American Football 46 blocking on a punt 2013.jpg
Johnson, left, blocking for a 2013 punt
No. 46     Pittsburgh Steelers
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-11-14) November 14, 1988 (age 25)
Place of birth: Dayton, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 238 lb (108 kg)
Career information
High school: Centerville (OH)
College: West Virginia
Undrafted in 2011
Debuted in 2012 for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 5, 2013
Rushing attempts 2
Rushing yards 7
Receptions 16
Receiving yards 142
Stats at NFL.com

William Christopher Johnson is a American football fullback who is currently playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League. After college graduation in 2011, Johnson sat out an entire year prior to being granted permission to participate in WVU’s 2012 Pro Day. He was signed by the Steelers organization as an undrafted free agent in March 2012, after his second consecutive Pro Day appearance.

Early years[edit]

Johnson is a 2007 graduate of Centerville High School. He was a two year starter at running back for the Elks, earning a team record of 20-1 his junior and senior season under head coach, Ron Ullery. Johnson’s honors include receiving the 2007 Sonny Unger Award, 1st Team All Conference, Honorable Mention All State and being named to the 2007 Big 33 team.

College career[edit]

In 2007, Johnson committed to West Virginia University after being highly recruited by Rich Rodriguez, then, Head Coach of the WVU Mountaineers. Prior to committing, Johnson received several full-scholarship offers from Michigan State, Cincinnati, Ohio State, Ohio University, Marshall and Eastern Michigan.

While at WVU, Johnson transitioned from a wide receiver into halfback. He received many honors to include Offensive Champion, “Ideal Mountaineer”, as well as being voted Senior Team Captain. His college career concluded with the 2011 NCAA Champs Sports Bowl

National Football League[edit]

Johnson entering the field in 2013

Johnson was not invited to attend the NFL Combine, and ultimately, went undrafted. In the following year, Johnson worked while continuing to train for an opportunity to play in the NFL. Johnson’s caught the attention of Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert at the 2012 WVU Pro Day workout. He was signed by the Steelers.

After being named to the 2012 mid-season all-rookie team, he scored his first NFL career touchdown in a 27-12 win over the Washington Redskins.

Personal life[edit]

Off of the field, Johnson enjoys working out, traveling and painting.

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