Ed Johnson (American football)

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Ed Johnson
No. 99, 92
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-12-18) December 18, 1983 (age 33)
Place of birth: Detroit, Michigan
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 296 lb (134 kg)
Career information
College: Penn State
Undrafted: 2007
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • PFW / PFWA All-Rookie Team (2007)
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 58
Sacks: 1.0
Forced fumbles: 1
Player stats at NFL.com

Edward Andre Johnson (born December 18, 1983 in Detroit, Michigan) is a former American football defensive tackle. He was signed by the Indianapolis Colts as undrafted free agent in 2007. He played college football at Penn State.

Early years[edit]

Johnson was a multi-sport star at Crockett Technical High School in Detroit, playing football, basketball and track and field. Won the class B state championship in the 100 m and 200 m dash in both 1997 and 1998.

Professional career[edit]

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

Johnson had an immediate impact in his NFL debut, registering 3 solo tackles in the Colt's Week 1 victory over the New Orleans Saints in relief of the injured Anthony McFarland. He would lead Colts linemen in tackles in 2007 with 72, including a season-high 9 tackles in the Colts' AFC Divisional Playoff loss to the San Diego Chargers. He finished the season ranked in the top 20 in tackles among NFL rookies.[1]

The only defensive lineman to start all 16 games for the Colts in 2007, Johnson received the Thomas W. Moses Sr./Noble Max Award, given annually by Indianapolis media to a player "who has overcome adversity in his career, or whose on-field accomplishments exceeded normal expectations."[2]

On September 10, 2008, it was reported that Johnson had been stopped by Hamilton County, Indiana police on I-465 for speeding and was also found to have marijuana in his possession.[3] He was arrested and released after posting bond. After a brief internal investigation, the Colts cut Johnson from the team less than 24 hours later.[4][5]

On May 5, 2009, Johnson was re-signed by the Colts, with new head coach Jim Caldwell saying that they would give him a second chance, hoping that he learned from his mistakes.[6]

On October 13, 2009, Johnson was waived by the Colts for the second time.[7] At the press conference announcing the move, Caldwell said that the decision was based more on "production than anything else."

Carolina Panthers[edit]

On February 16, 2010, Johnson signed with the Carolina Panthers.[8]


  1. ^ "Rookie Stats by Player". nfl.com. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  2. ^ Wogenrich, Mark (2008-01-12). "Noble effort by Colts' Johnson". The Morning Call. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  3. ^ Richards, Phil (2008-09-10). "Colts tackle busted in pot possession case". IndyStar.com. Archived from the original on September 12, 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-10. 
  4. ^ Chappell, Mike (2008-09-10). "Colts tackle Ed Johnson cut from Colts". IndyStar.com. Archived from the original on September 11, 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-10. 
  5. ^ Smith, Michael David (2008-09-10). "Colts Cut Ed Johnson Hours After Pot Arrest". AOL Sports Fanhouse. Retrieved 2008-09-11. 
  6. ^ "Colts Re-sign Johnson". Indianapolis Colts Public Relations. 2009-05-05. 
  7. ^ "Colts release defensive end Ed Johnson again". Indianapolis Star. 2009-10-13. 
  8. ^ Thomas, Brad (2010-02-17). "Panthers sign DT Johnson". The Washington Examiner. 

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