Eric Johnson (tight end)
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|Born:||September 15, 1979|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||252 lb (114 kg)|
|NFL Draft:||2001 / Round: 7 / Pick: 224|
|Career NFL statistics|
Eric Maxwell Johnson (born September 15, 1979) is a former American football tight end in the National Football League. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the seventh round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He played college football at Yale.
High school and college career
Johnson was born in Needham, Massachusetts. He attended Needham High School and Belmont Hill School in Massachusetts. He went on to Yale University, where he played wide receiver. He caught 21 receptions for 244 yards in Yale's come-from-behind victory against Harvard in the 1999 Harvard-Yale Game, including the game-winning touchdown catch.
Johnson was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the seventh round of the 2001 NFL Draft. When healthy, he was a contributor to the 49ers passing game. However, he missed all of 2003 with an injury and missed all of 2005 with an injury as well. In 2004, he led the 49ers in receiving with 82 catches for 825 yards and two touchdowns. During the 2006 season, Johnson split time with tight end Vernon Davis, the team's first-round draft pick.
Johnson began dating singer Jessica Simpson in May 2010. They announced their engagement that November. The couple have two children: daughter Maxwell Drew (born May 2012) and son Ace Knute (born June 2013). The couple married on July 5, 2014 at the San Ysidro Ranch, in Montecito, Santa Barbara County, California. In September 2018, the couple announced that they are expecting their third child, a girl.
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