Jeff Johnson (Canadian football)

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Jeff Johnson
No. 33
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Date of birth (1977-02-28) February 28, 1977 (age 40)
Place of birth Toronto, Ontario
Career information
CFL status National
Position(s) RB
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 206 lb (93 kg)
University York University
CFL draft 2000 / Undrafted
Career history
As player
20002001 Hamilton Tiger-Cats
20022013 Toronto Argonauts
Career highlights and awards
  • CIS’s Outstanding Rookie (1996)
  • CFL Offensive Player of Week 17, 2005

Jeff Johnson (born February 28, 1977) is a former professional Canadian football running back who played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL).

Early years[edit]

In high-school, Johnson played at the Etobicoke Collegiate Institute, one of Toronto's oldest high-schools, located in Etobicoke. He first played football in Grade 12 when he was asked to try out for the football team.[1] Playing tailback, Johnson led the Etobicoke Rams in offensive, and special teams yards throughout all six of his football seasons. In his final year at E.C.I. Johnson won the athlete of the year award and to this day holds the Ram's record for most total touchdowns scored throughout high-school.

After high school, Johnson starred at York University in Toronto from 1996 to 1999. He was named the CIAU’s outstanding rookie in 1996 and an Ontario University Athletics First-Team All-Star in 1996, 1997, and 1999. He was a CIAU Second-Team All-Canadian in 1997 and 1999. In his final year at York, Johnson had 173 carries for 977 yards with five rushing touchdowns, 11 receptions for 133 yards and one touchdown, and 196 yards on 11 kickoff returns.[2] Over his four-year York Lions (York Yeomen at the time) career, Johnson had a total of 553 carries for 3,365 yards with 18 touchdowns rushing, 37 pass receptions for 436 yards with two touchdowns, and 28 kickoff returns for 776 yards and one touchdown.

Professional career[edit]

Hamilton Tiger-Cats[edit]

Johnson went undrafted in the 2000 CFL Draft but was signed as free agent by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on June 12, 2000.[2]

Toronto Argonauts[edit]

On February 22, 2002, Johnson signed with the Toronto Argonauts as a free agent. On December 20, 2013, following his 14th season in the CFL, Johnson announced his retirement.[3]


  1. ^ Warmington, Joe (November 15, 2013). "Mimico kid plans to help Argos back to Grey Cup". Toronto Sun. Retrieved December 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Jeff Johnson". Roster. Toronto Argonauts Football Club. Archived from the original on 2008-10-21. Retrieved 2008-10-31. 
  3. ^ "Argos' Johnson retires after 14-year CFL career". Canadian Football League. Retrieved 2013-12-21. 

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