Jarrod Godette Johnson (born March 29, 1969), is a former professional American football player who played in the National Football League for the Pittsburgh Steelers and San Diego Chargers, as well as for the Sacramento Surge of the World League of American Football, with whom he won the World Bowl in 1992.
The son of the late Goine and Betty Johnson, he was raised in East Orange, New Jersey. Despite weighing only 143 pounds, his football coaches at Seton Hall Preparatory School in West Orange, New Jersey had him play center. While Johnson had always wanted to play linebacker, the 100 pounds that he added to his frame while in high school helped him grow into the position. He was on the basketball team at Seton Hall Prep, playing power forward position by his senior year.
Johnson attended Lehigh University, earning the starting role as center during his junior year, where he was named to the all Patriot League team twice, and graduated with a degree in economics. Though bypassed in the 1991 NFL Draft, he signed as a free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers, a team that he had rooted for in his youth.
Johnson played 13 games with the Sacramento Surge in 1992, as part of the team that won that year's World Bowl. Johnson went into training camp with the San Diego Chargers in 1992, but ended up requiring surgery on his knee.
After playing professional football Jarrod went on to earn a Masters in Business Administration and is now a board certified Healthcare Executive. In his spare time Jarrod enjoys officiating college football at the FCS Division I level.
- Reinhard, Paul. "Anything Is Possible For Jarrod", The Morning Call, July 30, 1991. Accessed October 24, 2011. "Well, by the time he graduated from Seton Hall Prep in West Orange, N.J., Johnson had blossomed into a 243-pound center. 'It's good I didn't gain another 100 pounds between my freshman and senior years in college,' he quipped yesterday during a telephone conversation. Johnson, an East Orange, N.J., native who as a young boy rooted for the Pittsburgh Steelers after watching them win Super Bowl IX, became an outstanding center at Lehigh University."
- Simers, T.J. "Chargers Find Talks Chilling : Football: Contract negotiations with John Friesz are not close to producing an agreement, the team says.", Los Angeles Times, July 17, 1992. Accessed October 24, 2011. "Center Jarrod Johnson, who played in 10 games for the WLAF's Sacramento Surge this year, suffered a dislocated kneecap in his first practice here and will undergo surgery."