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Encyclopedia > Keyshawn Johnson
Keyshawn Johnson
Date of birth July 22, 1972 (1972-07-22) (age 34)
Place of birth Flag of United States Los Angeles, California
Height ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 211 lb (96 kg)
Position(s) WR
College USC
NFL Draft 1996 / Round 1 / Pick 1
Career highlights
Pro Bowls 1998, 1999, 2001
Stats
Statistics
Team(s)
1996–1999
2000–2003
2004–2005
2006
New York Jets
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Dallas Cowboys
Carolina Panthers

Keyshawn Johnson (born July 22, 1972 in Los Angeles, California) is a former American football wide receiver and current television broadcaster for sports channel ESPN. He retired from football on May 23, 2007 after an eleven-year career in the NFL. July 22 is the 203rd day (204th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 162 days remaining. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ... 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City Tampa Bay, Florida Other nicknames The Bucs, Pewter Pirates Team colors Buccaneer Red, Pewter, Black, and Orange Head Coach Jon Gruden Owner Malcolm Glazer General manager Bruce Allen Mascot Captain Fear League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1976) AFC West (1976) National Football Conference... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... City Charlotte, North Carolina Other nicknames The Cardiac Cats Team colors Black, Panther Blue, and Silver Head Coach John Fox Owner Jerry Richardson General manager Marty Hurney Mascot Sir Purr League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1995–present) National Football Conference (1995-present) NFC West (1995-2001) NFC South (2002... July 22 is the 203rd day (204th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 162 days remaining. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... 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Early life

Johnson is the youngest of his mother's six children. While her other children lived with relatives, she and Keyshawn struggled to survive, even living in her car at one point. At a young age, Keyshawn was in trouble with the law, spent time at a reformatory camp, and was the victim of a drive-by shooting.[citation needed] A drive-by shooting (or drive-by for short) is a personal attack carried out with firearms from a moving or momentarily stopped vehicle. ...


However, by 1990, he had turned his life around, partly due to University of Southern California (USC) football head coach John Robinson. Robinson became a father figure to Keyshawn, allowing him to spend time with the team, fetch balls and helmets, and carry things for the players. Johnson lettered in football and track at Dorsey High School, and was first-team all-state in football. After he earned JC All-America honors at West Los Angeles College, USC offered him an athletic scholarship.[citation needed] MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ... Doheny Library. ... John Robinson is an American football coach best-known for his two stints as Head Coach for the University of Southern California (USC) football team and for his tenure as Head Coach of the Los Angeles Rams, an NFL football team. ... A varsity letter (or monogram) is an award earned in the United States by regular participation or excellence in a school sport. ... West Los Angeles College or West L.A. College is a public community college located in Culver City, California. ... An athletic scholarship is a form of scholarship to attend a college or university awarded to an individual based predominantly on their ability to play in a sport. ...


College career

Playing for Robinson, Johnson, a two-time All-American selection, led the USC Trojans to wins in the Cotton Bowl and the Rose Bowl. He caught 12 passes for a Rose Bowl record 216 yards and 1 TD in the Trojans' 41-32 victory over the Northwestern Wildcats, earning the game's MVP honors. He wore the number 3 in college, which was later worn by current Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer. For the Cotton Bowl stadium, see Cotton Bowl (stadium). ... The Rose Bowl is an annual American college football game, usually played on January 1 at the stadium of the same name in Pasadena, California. ... The Northwestern Wildcats are the athletic teams that represent Northwestern University, a founding member of the Big Ten Conference, and the only private university member. ... City Cincinnati, Ohio Team colors Black, Orange and White Head Coach Marvin Lewis Owner Mike Brown Mascot Who Dey League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1968-1969) Western Division (1968-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC Central (1970-2001) AFC North (2002-present) Team... Carson Palmer (born December 27, 1979 in Fresno, California) is an American football quarterback who plays for the Cincinnati Bengals franchise. ...


Pro career

He spent the first few years of his professional career with the New York Jets, who drafted him with the top overall selection in the 1996 NFL Draft. He was the first wide receiver selected with the number one overall pick since Irving Fryar was chosen by New England in 1984 . While in New York, he played three seasons (1997-1999) under Bill Parcells. Johnson was traded on April 12, 2000 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for two first round draft choices (12th - Shaun Ellis - and 27th - Anthony Becht - overall) in the 2000 NFL Draft. Johnson signed a 6-year, $52 million contract extension with the Buccaneers that made him the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL. Johnson went on to win a Super Bowl with the Buccaneers in the 2002 season, leading the Bucs in recieving yards.[citation needed] City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Gang Green, the Green and White Team colors Hunter Green and White Head Coach Eric Mangini Owner Woody Johnson General manager Mike Tannenbaum League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference... Irving Fryar (born September 28, 1962) is a former American Football wide receiver. ... This article is about the region in the United States of America. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... April 12 is the 102nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (103rd in leap years). ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... City Tampa Bay, Florida Other nicknames The Bucs, Pewter Pirates Team colors Buccaneer Red, Pewter, Black, and Orange Head Coach Jon Gruden Owner Malcolm Glazer General manager Bruce Allen Mascot Captain Fear League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1976) AFC West (1976) National Football Conference... Shaun Ellis (born June 24, 1977 in Anderson, South Carolina) is a football player for the New York Jets of the NFL. Ellis was a stand-out defensive end at the University of Tennessee and was drafted by the Jets as the 12th overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft. ... Anthony Becht is a tight end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL. He was originally drafted by the New York Jets in the 1st round of the 2000 NFL Draft out of West Virginia. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ...


Ten games into the 2003 season, however, Johnson's tenuous relationship with Tampa's head coach, Jon Gruden, helped seal his fate in Tampa.[citation needed] The team traded him on March 19, 2004 to the Dallas Cowboys for Joey Galloway. Reunited with his former coach, Johnson lived up to his advance billing for the Cowboys in 2004, leading the team in receiving yards and tying for the lead in touchdown catches while taking over a leadership role in the locker room and on the field. Johnson's combination of size and speed gives him the ability to take over a game at receiver, but he has also established himself as an exceptional asset and one of the league's most complete players in the running game by making key blocks on a cornerback or safety down field or on a defensive lineman at the point of attack.[citation needed] Jon Gruden (born August 17, 1963 in Sandusky, Ohio) is the head coach of the NFL (National Football Conference) Tampa Bay Buccaneers. ... March 19 is the 78th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (79th in leap years). ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Joey Galloway (born November 20, 1971 in Bellaire, Ohio) is an American football wide receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL. He was acquired in a trade with the Dallas Cowboys for receiver Keyshawn Johnson. ...


His all-around game has earned him selection to the Pro Bowl three times - 1998 and 1999 with the N.Y. Jets and 2001 with Tampa Bay. Johnson currently stands 23rd in NFL history in career receptions with 673 and is 39 catches shy of the NFL's all-time Top 20 (Rod Smith - 712). With 839 yards receiving in 2005, Johnson will become just the 23rd player in NFL history to reach the 9,000-yard mark for his career. In reaching the 600 career receptions plateau in 118 games, he tied Herman Moore for the second fewest number of games needed in NFL history to reach that mark, and he became one of only three players in league annals (Moore and Marvin Harrison) to reach 600 receptions in less than 120 games. He caught 512 passes in his first 100 games to rank as the fourth most receptions in a player's first 100 games. The other three are: Marvin Harrison (591), Sterling Sharpe (524) and Lionel Taylor (516). 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean by UNESCO. [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Gang Green, the Green and White Team colors Hunter Green and White Head Coach Eric Mangini Owner Woody Johnson General manager Mike Tannenbaum League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference... City Tampa Bay, Florida Other nicknames The Bucs, Pewter Pirates Team colors Buccaneer Red, Pewter, Black, and Orange Head Coach Jon Gruden Owner Malcolm Glazer General manager Bruce Allen Mascot Captain Fear League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1976) AFC West (1976) National Football Conference... Roderick Rod Smith (born May 15, 1970, in Texarkana, Arkansas) is an American football player who currently plays wide receiver for the Denver Broncos of the NFL. Interestingly, he played quarterback and not wide receiver at Missouri Southern State University. ... Herman Moore (born October 20, 1969 in Danville, Virginia) is an former American NFL wide receiver. ... Marvin Daniel Harrison (born August 25, 1972, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American football player who played for Syracuse University and is currently playing in the NFL for the Indianapolis Colts. ... Marvin Daniel Harrison (born August 25, 1972, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American football player who played for Syracuse University and is currently playing in the NFL for the Indianapolis Colts. ... Sterling Sharpe (born April 6, 1965 in Chicago) is a former American football wide receiver who played from 1988 to 1994 with the Green Bay Packers. ... Lionel Thomas Taylor (born August 15, 1935 in Kansas City, Missouri) was an American football wide receiver who led the American Football League in receptions each year for the first six years of its existence. ...


To achieve this production, he has averaged 74.8 catches-per-season over his first nine seasons, and he has caught a pass in every one of his 135 games, the second longest streak among active receivers (Harrison, 139) and the third longest streak to begin a career among all players (Marshall Faulk, 158 and Harrison, 139). For his career, Johnson has recorded 60 or more catches in eight of his nine NFL seasons. In 2001 and 2002, he became the first player in Buccaneers history to record consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons when he registered 1,266 yards in 2001 and 1,088 in 2002. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


A durable player, Johnson has missed only three of a possible 145 career games - including playoffs - due to injury.


Keyshawn Johnson was released by the Dallas Cowboys on March 14, 2006.


On March 23, 2006, Johnson signed a four-year, $14-million-dollar deal with the Carolina Panthers. Of this, he was guaranteed a $5 million dollar signing bonus. He was expected to play opposite Steve Smith as the number two receiver. March 23 is the 82nd day of the year (83rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... City Charlotte, North Carolina Other nicknames The Cardiac Cats Team colors Black, Panther Blue, and Silver Head Coach John Fox Owner Jerry Richardson General manager Marty Hurney Mascot Sir Purr League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1995–present) National Football Conference (1995-present) NFC West (1995-2001) NFC South (2002... Stevonne L. Smith (born May 12, 1979 in Lynwood, California) is an American football wide receiver who currently plays for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. ...


During the Carolina Panthers' Monday Night Football game against the Buccaneers on November 13, 2006, Johnson became the first player in NFL history to score a touchdown on MNF with four different teams (Jets, Buccaneers, Cowboys and Panthers). Monday Night Football (MNF) is a live television broadcast of the National Football League. ... November 13 is the 317th day of the year (318th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 48 days remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...


Keyshawn was fined $5K in Dec of 2006 for throwing his helmet in rage during a 27-24 loss to the Eagles.


Keyshawn Johnson was released from the Panthers on May 1, 2007 after just one season with the club. He posted 70 receptions for 815 yards and 4 touchdowns in Carolina.


On May 23, 2007, Johnson announced he was retiring from the NFL, reportedly turning down offers by several teams, including the Tennessee Titans and the New York Giants. Titans' Head Coach Jeff Fisher, who became friends with Johnson while he played at USC and Johnson was a ball boy, said Monday he thought Johnson 's numbers and production spoke for themselves: "He still played at a high-level last year. He takes very good care of himself," Fisher said. "He hasn't had any injuries per se. Anytime you get a chance to bring an experienced veteran in to add to your roster then it's a good thing." (http://usctrojans.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/052307aab.html) This article does not cite its references or sources. ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Big Blue Wrecking Crew, Big Blue, G-Men, The Jints, The New York Football Giants Team colors Royal Blue, Red, Gray, and White Head Coach Tom Coughlin Owner John Mara (50%) and Steve Tisch (50%) General manager Jerry Reese League/Conference affiliations National... Jeffrey Michael Fisher (born February 25, 1958) is an American football head coach, currently the head coach of the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League. ...

 Johnson has agreed to a multiyear contract with ESPN to work as a studio analyst. "When Keyshawn decided to retire from football, we jumped at the chance of adding him to our NFL roster, especially after his impressive on-air performance during the NFL draft," ESPN executive vice president Norby Williamson said. "He delivered passionate opinions and candid analysis, attributes that will make him a first-rate analyst in his new career." (ESPN.com & http://usctrojans.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/052307aab.html) 

Analyst on ESPN

Johnson was part of the 2007 NFL Draft broadcasting team with Chris Berman, Mel Kiper Jr., and Chris Mortensen that aired on ESPN. And it was announced that he will become an ESPN analyst for Sunday NFL Countdown, and Monday Night Countdown. He will also be an analyst on several ESPN telecasts, including pre-game shows on Sundays and Monday nights, and some radio work as well. ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... The 2007 NFL Draft took place at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on April 28 and April 29, 2007. ... Christopher (Boomer) James Berman (born May 10, 1955, in Greenwich, Connecticut) is a sportscaster, who anchors SportsCenter, Monday Night Countdown, Sunday NFL Countdown, Baseball Tonight, U.S. Open golf, and other programming on ESPN. He joined ESPN a month after its founding and has been with the network since. ... Mel Kiper, Jr. ... Chris Mortensen (born on November 7, 1951), an award-winning journalist, provides reports for ESPNs Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Countdown, SportsCenter, ESPN Radio and ESPN.com. ... Sunday NFL Countdown logo Sunday NFL Countdown is a pregame show of all the NFL action for that week. ... Monday Night Countdown is the official pregame show for Monday Night Football and is aired on ESPN and ESPN HD. The show follows SportsCenter and leads up to the kickoff with ninety minutes of comprehensive analysis, interviews, highlights, up-to-the-minute NFL news and live reports from the site...


Trivia

Johnson eventually earned the nickname Me-shawn for his flamboyant style, but his coaches, particularly Bill Parcells, considered him a hard worker and versatile player, a player Parcells called one of the best he had coached. (NY Times/AP, 5/24/07)

  • During Johnson's stay in Tampa Bay, his first name became a verb in sports talk radio. "Keyshawning" a player came to mean deactivating him while keeping him under contract. For example, this neologism was directed at Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens after he repeatedly spoke out against the team and quarterback Donovan McNabb. The Eagles management suspended him for four games and told him he would be deactivated for the remainder of the season when his suspension ended. (Owens was released by the Eagles in March of 2006, and has since signed with the Cowboys.) This practice came to an end in 2006, when the approved collective bargaining agreement prohibited teams from "Keyshawning" players.
  • He appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated as a member of the USC Trojans in the 1995 season preview issue.
  • On October 3, 2004 Johnson caused a considerable stir by characterizing a former Tampa Bay teammate, Ronde Barber, as an "Uncle Tom" while in the FOX broadcast booth during the Cowboys' bye week. (It is a common practice for NFL players to make guest appearances on FOX's or CBS's pre-game show during the one week each regular season when the player's team does not play).
  • In 2005, Johnson had a short argument with quarterback Drew Bledsoe, whom Johnson believed had led him too far with a pass that resulted in a big hit, a Johnson fumble, and a touchdown for the other team. While the media made a big deal of this, both Johnson and Bledsoe insisted it was no big deal. This was clear later in the season when after a Dallas win over Kansas City, Bledsoe jumped on Johnson, both grinning like schoolchildren, happy over their big win.
  • Critics, like former Dallas Cowboy wide receiver and ESPN sportscaster Michael Irvin, are quick to note that Keyshawn's lack of elite speed keeps him from being a #1 receiver in the NFL. After Irvin said that Dallas has no #1 receiver, Johnson went on the offensive during a one-on-one interview with Irvin, reiterating that he was the No. 1 receiver in Dallas now. Terry Glenn whose 713 yards makes up nearly one third of the Cowboy's passing attack compared to Keyshawn's 486 yards (only 54 yards per game).
  • Johnson co-authored the controversial book, Just Give Me the Damn Ball! after his rookie season with the Jets.
  • Johnson married Shikiri Hightower, whom he met at USC, on February 14, 1998. He divorced her in 2002. They have 2 children, Maia and Keyshawn Jr.
  • Johnson is a cousin to Baltimore Ravens CB Samari Rolle. However, contrary to popular belief, he is not related to Bengals WR Chad Johnson. This was clarified in a 2006 pregame show between Chad's Bengals and Keyshawn's Panthers. Despite this, it islisted in the Bengals' media guide that they are cousins. Although Samari Rolle is cousins with Bengals WR Chad Johnson
  • Keyshawn's nicknames are "Key". Interestingly, since he joined the Panthers, fans also call him "We-Shawn" in Carolina because he's proven to be a team player and shows veteran leadership.
  • During the season, Keyshawn hosts a weekly show on SIRIUS Satellite Radio's NFL Radio titled "Taking it to the House."
Preceded by
Ki-Jana Carter
1st Overall Pick in NFL Draft
1996
Succeeded by
Orlando Pace

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