Andre Johnson


Andre Johnson

Infobox NFLactive


currentteam=Houston Texans
|width=300px
caption=Andre Johnson during the 2007 NFL season.
country=USA
currentnumber=80
currentposition=Wide receiver
birthdate=birth date and age|1981|7|11
birthplace=Miami, Florida
heightft=6
heightin=3
weight=219
debutyear=2003
debutteam=Houston Texans
highlights=
* 2x Pro Bowl selection
* All-Pro selection (2006)
college=University of Miami
draftyear=2003
draftround=1
draftpick=3
pastteams=
* Houston Texans (2003-present)
statweek=5
statseason=2008
statlabel1=Receptions
statvalue1=395
statlabel2=Receiving Yards
statvalue2=5,114
statlabel3=Receiving TDs
statvalue3=26
nfl=JOH056462

Andre Lamont Johnson (born July 11, 1981 in Miami, Florida) is an American football Pro Bowl wide receiver currently playing for the Houston Texans of the NFL.

Early years

After moving from Miami to Clearwater, FL Johnson went to Curtis Fundamental Elementary School until the age of 11. He then attended John F Kennedy Middle school and played football for Clearwater for Youth. At the age of 13 he returned to Miami to play middle school football before entering Miami Senior High School.

Johnson attended Miami Senior High School in Miami, Florida, where he was a "Parade" All-America selection, first team All-State, and a "Dallas Morning News" National Top 100 accolades selection. As a senior, he posted 31 receptions for 908 yards (29.29 yards per rec. avg.) and 15 touchdowns. As a junior, he caught 25 passes for 618 yards (24.72 yards per rec. avg.) and 11 touchdowns. He also played basketball (34.3ppg, 12.2rpg) and track and field.

College career

Johnson attended the University of Miami, where he was a standout wide receiver on the Hurricanes' successful football team. He was MVP of the 2001 National Championship game , where quarterback Ken Dorsey connected with Johnson for 2 touchdowns and 199 yards. Johnson finished his University of Miami career catching 92 passes for 1,831 yards (19.9 avg.) and 20 touchdowns. His 1,831 receiving yards is ranked fifth on the University of Miami's all-time career list.

While at Miami, Johnson also ran for UM's track and field team. In 2002, he won the Big East 60 meter dash (6.83 seconds) at the Big East Indoor Championship and followed that up by winning the 100 meter dash (10.29 seconds) at the Big East Outdoor Championships. He won 3 track Championships and in 2003 was the fastest man in college track.

NFL career

2003 NFL Draft

The Houston Texans chose Johnson with the 3rd overall pick of the 2003 NFL Draft.

("* represents NFL Combine")

Houston Texans

Johnson was the number three overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft. Johnson severed ties with NFL Agents Michael Huegue and Jeff Moorad before hiring sports attorney Don West, Jr. to negotiate Johnson's rookie contract with the Texans [http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/print?id=1582445&type=columnist ESPN.com:NFL Friday, July 18, 2003] . Johnson was signed to a six-year [http://cbs.sportsline.com/nfl/story/6493481 $39 million dollar] contract and Johnson was able to start training camp on time due to a timely contract negotiation. Johnson's rookie contract included over $13.501 million in guaranteed compensation [http://espn.go.com/nfl/news/2003/0722/1584068.html Houston hopes Johnson will boost wideout corps] .

In Johnson's rookie season, he started and played in all 16 games, recording 66 receptions for 976 yards and 4 touchdowns. His breakout year came in 2004 when he combined with Texans QB David Carr to record 79 catches for 1,142 yards and six touchdowns and be selected to his first Pro Bowl.

In the 2005 season, however, Johnson only played 13 games due to injury and had a lackluster 63 receptions with 688 yards and 2 touchdowns. Back from injury in 2006, Johnson led the NFL in receptions with 103 for 1,147 yards and 5 TDs, on his way to the Pro Bowl, once again.

On March 3, 2007, the Texans signed Johnson to a six year extension; the deal is worth $60 million and includes $15 million in guarantees. [http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2786880]

In 2007, Johnson missed 7 games due to injury. During his injury, the Texans went 2-7 without him. However, he returned mid-season to finish with 851 receiving yards and catching a career-high 8 touchdowns. He led the league in receiving yards per game in 2007 with 94.6. Johnson has a total of 4,804 receiving yards in his career with the Texans and has recorded 25 touchdowns. He is considered in the top ten receivers in the league.

"Source: [http://www.nfl.com/players/profile?id=JOH056462 NFL.com] "

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