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Encyclopedia > Larry Johnson (American football)
Larry Johnson

Larry Johnson at the 2006 Xbox Fall Showcase
promotional event
Kansas City ChiefsNo. 27
Running back
Date of Birth: November 19, 1979 (1979-11-19) (age 27)
Place of Birth: La Plata, Maryland
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 230 lb (104 kg)
National Football League Debut
2003 for the Kansas City Chiefs
Career Highlights and Awards
Career History
College: Penn State
NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27
 Teams:
Stats at NFL.com

Larry Fitzgerald Johnson, Jr. (born November 19, 1979 in La Plata, Maryland), often called L.J., is an American football running back who plays for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1643x1730, 442 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Larry Johnson (football) Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used... City Kansas City, Missouri Team colors Red, white and yellow Head Coach Herman Edwards Owner The Hunt Family (Clark Hunt, chairman)[1] General manager Carl Peterson Mascot K.C. Wolf (1989-present) Warpaint (1963-1988) League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League... In team sports, the squad number, shirt number, jersey number, sweater number, or uniform number is the number worn on a players uniform. ... P.J. Daniels was a star running back for Georgia Tech from 2002-2005. ... is the 323rd day of the year (324th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... La Plata is a town in Charles County, Maryland, United States. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The 2003 NFL season was the 84th regular season of the National Football League. ... City Kansas City, Missouri Team colors Red, white and yellow Head Coach Herman Edwards Owner The Hunt Family (Clark Hunt, chairman)[1] General manager Carl Peterson Mascot K.C. Wolf (1989-present) Warpaint (1963-1988) League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League... The Doak Walker Award, first awarded in 1990, honors the nations top college football running back. ... The Maxwell Award is presented annually to the collegiate American football player adjudged by a panel of sportscasters, sportswriters, and National Collegiate Athletic Association head coaches and the membership of the Maxwell Football Club to be the best in the United States. ... The Walter Camp Award, named in honor of the father of football, is given annually to the College football Player of the Year, as selected by Division 1A coaches and Sports Information directors. ... The Senior Bowl is an all-star college football exhibition game usually played either at or towards the end of the college football season in January. ... In professional American football, the Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). ... The 2006 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl was played on February 12, 2006 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. ... The 2007 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl is scheduled to take place on February 10, 2007, at 1:00 p. ... This is a list of athletic conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ... Head Coach Joe Paterno 42nd Year, 363-121-3 Home Stadium Beaver Stadium Capacity 107,282 - Grass Conference Big Ten First Year 1887 Athletic Director Tim Curley Website GoPSUSports. ... The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting[1]) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns, through seven rounds[2], selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... The 2003 NFL Draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players, took place on April 26 and April 27, 2003. ... City Kansas City, Missouri Team colors Red, white and yellow Head Coach Herman Edwards Owner The Hunt Family (Clark Hunt, chairman)[1] General manager Carl Peterson Mascot K.C. Wolf (1989-present) Warpaint (1963-1988) League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League... is the 323rd day of the year (324th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... La Plata is a town in Charles County, Maryland, United States. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... P.J. Daniels was a star running back for Georgia Tech from 2002-2005. ... City Kansas City, Missouri Team colors Red, white and yellow Head Coach Herman Edwards Owner The Hunt Family (Clark Hunt, chairman)[1] General manager Carl Peterson Mascot K.C. Wolf (1989-present) Warpaint (1963-1988) League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League... NFL redirects here. ...

Contents

Early years

Johnson is the oldest of three children, born to Christine and Larry Johnson, Sr. His father, Larry Johnson, Sr., is a former high school vice-principal, a legendary high school football coach, and the current defensive line coach at Penn State University. Larry Johnson (born Williamston, North Carolina) is an American football coach, currently serving as defensive line coach at Penn State University. ... The Pennsylvania State University The Pennsylvania State University (commonly known as Penn State) is a state-related land-grant university in Pennsylvania, with over 80,000 students at 24 campuses throughout the state. ...


Johnson showed promise at a young age. Growing up in Charles County, Maryland, he was a standout linebacker/defensive end and running back for the La Plata Blue Knights. At State College Area High School in State College, Pennsylvania, he rushed for 2,159 yards. As a defensive end for the Little Lions, he recorded seven sacks and 31.0 tackles. Charles County is a county in the east central portion of the U.S. state of Maryland. ... Official language(s) None (English, de facto) Capital Annapolis Largest city Baltimore Area  Ranked 42nd  - Total 12,407 sq mi (32,133 km²)  - Width 101 miles (145 km)  - Length 249 miles (400 km)  - % water 21  - Latitude 37° 53′ N to 39° 43′ N  - Longitude 75° 03′ W to 79° 29... State College Area High School is the only public high school in the State College Area School District. ... “State College” redirects here. ... Defensive end is the name of a defensive position in the sport of American football. ...


College career

Johnson attended Penn State University where in 2002, he rushed for over 2,000 yards in a season without winning the Heisman Trophy, despite doing so with fewer carries than any other running back in the exclusive 2,000 yard club. Johnson's 8.02 yards per carry broke 1983 Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier's NCAA record for highest average per carry over the course of the regular season. Remarkably, Johnson broke the Penn State record for rushing yards in a game three times in 2002. His 257 yards in a 49-0 home thrashing of Northwestern broke Curt Warner's previous record of 256 yards set against Syracuse in 1981. Johnson then went on to rack up 279 yards in an 18-7 home win against Illinois and 327 yards in a 58-25 road win against Indiana. Johnson surpassed the 2,000 mark by gaining 279 yards on just 19 attempts in the Nittany Lions' final Big Ten conference game against Michigan State. Fans in attendance at Beaver Stadium that day were mesmerized as Johnson gained all 279 of his rushing yards in the first half; he was kept on the bench for the entire second half of the game out of respect for the over-matched opponent. The Pennsylvania State University The Pennsylvania State University (commonly known as Penn State) is a state-related land-grant university in Pennsylvania, with over 80,000 students at 24 campuses throughout the state. ... “Heisman” redirects here. ... Mike Rozier (born March 1, 1961 in Camden, New Jersey) is a former American collegiate and professional football running back. ... For other uses, see Northwestern. ... Curt Warner was the Seattle Seahawks first-round draft pick in 1983. ... Syracuse University (SU) is a private nonsectarian research university located in Syracuse, New York. ... Michigan State University (MSU) is a co-educational public research university in East Lansing, Michigan USA. Founded in 1855, it was the pioneer land-grant institution and served as a model for future land-grant colleges in the United States under the 1862 Morrill Act. ... Beaver Stadium is located on the campus of The Pennsylvania State University and is home to its college football team, the Nittany Lions. ...


Penn State fans were outraged when Johnson did not win the 2002 Heisman Trophy, leading many of them to believe that the snubbing of the undefeated 1994 team in the national championship balloting and Johnson in 2002 evidenced a media-bias against Penn State. Others believe that Penn State's failure to hype and promote Johnson's Heisman campaign in 2002 had more to do with his failure to take home the Heisman Trophy than any media bias against Penn State. Penn State coach Joe Paterno emphasises the team over individual players and does not allow Penn State to engage in Heisman Trophy marketing campaigns for his players. “Heisman” redirects here. ... Joseph Vincent Paterno (born December 21, 1926, in Brooklyn, New York), nicknamed JoePa, is the head coach of Pennsylvania State Universitys college football team, a position he has held since 1966. ...


Johnson, however, did win the Doak Walker Award (top running back), the Maxwell Award (top college player), and Walter Camp Award (top college player) after his impressive 2002 season. The Doak Walker Award, first awarded in 1990, honors the nations top college football running back. ... The Maxwell Award is presented annually to the collegiate American football player adjudged by a panel of sportscasters, sportswriters, and National Collegiate Athletic Association head coaches and the membership of the Maxwell Football Club to be the best in the United States. ... The Walter Camp Award, named in honor of the father of football, is given annually to the College football Player of the Year, as selected by Division 1A coaches and Sports Information directors. ...


He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Arts from Penn State in 2002. A B.A. issued from the University of Tennessee. ... The Pennsylvania State University The Pennsylvania State University (commonly known as Penn State) is a state-related land-grant university in Pennsylvania, with over 80,000 students at 24 campuses throughout the state. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ...


NFL career

2003 NFL Draft

Johnson was drafted in the first round with the 27th overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft as insurance for the Chiefs, who were not sure if Priest Holmes would be healthy or even sign a contract extension. Johnson was drafted over the objection of coach Dick Vermeil, who wanted to select a defensive player. The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting[1]) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns, through seven rounds[2], selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... Priest Anthony Holmes (born October 7, 1973 in Fort Smith, Arkansas) is an American football running back who is currently a member of the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL. // Holmes was raised in San Antonio, Texas. ... Dick Vermeil is a former American head coach for the National Football Leagues Philadelphia Eagles (1976-1982), St. ...

Pre-draft measureables
Wt 40 yd 20 ss 3-cone Vert BP Wonderlic
222 lb 4.45s 4.23s 7.06s 41 in[1] 19* 21*[2]

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Kansas City Chiefs

Johnson, featured in HBO's Hard Knocks.
Johnson with the ball in a game versus the Steelers in 2006.

The conflicts between Johnson and Vermeil grew, and in 2004 Vermeil said that Johnson needed to grow up and "take the diapers off."[1] Johnson took great offense to this comment, and the public estrangement led to rumors that he would be traded. However, towards the end of the 2004 season, Johnson got an opportunity to start after injuries to Priest Holmes and Derrick Blaylock. He became the first player to begin his career rushing for 150 yards in each of his first three games. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 448 pixelsFull resolution (839 × 470 pixel, file size: 433 KB, MIME type: image/png) Screenshot taken from episode 1 of HBOs Hard Knocks: Training Camp With The Kansas City Chiefs. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 448 pixelsFull resolution (839 × 470 pixel, file size: 433 KB, MIME type: image/png) Screenshot taken from episode 1 of HBOs Hard Knocks: Training Camp With The Kansas City Chiefs. ... For other uses, see HBO (disambiguation). ... Hard Knocks is a reality sports documentary television series produced by NFL Films and HBO. The series follows a select National Football League team in its team training camp and provides an in-depth perspective of the teams preparation for the upcoming season. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... “Steelers” redirects here. ... Priest Anthony Holmes (born October 7, 1973 in Fort Smith, Arkansas) is an American football running back who is currently a member of the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL. // Holmes was raised in San Antonio, Texas. ... Derrick Blaylock(Born:August 23,1979) is a National Football League runningback for the New York Jets. ...


Facing the same situation in 2005, with Blaylock gone and Holmes having gone down with a season-ending neck injury in early November, Johnson stepped up, and on November 20 against the Houston Texans ran for a Chiefs' record 211 rushing yards and two touchdowns. He led the league in rushing yards and touchdowns after the injury to Holmes. is the 324th day of the year (325th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the current National Football League team. ...


At the end of the 2005 regular season, Johnson had nine consecutive games with 100+ rushing yards, passing the 100 yard mark in every start for the Chiefs that season and earning a Pro Bowl berth.[2] During the final game of the 2005 regular season, Johnson set a new franchise record of 1,750 rushing yards in one season, despite not starting 7 games during the season. He eclipsed the mark previously held by Holmes. In addition to his running ability, Johnson was an adept receiver. In 2005, Johnson caught 33 balls for 343 yards, averaging over 10 yards per reception. Johnson was also named the 2005 MVP of the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs' record in 2005 was 10-6, not making the playoffs in spite of a winning record. In professional American football, the Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). ...


With injuries limiting Holmes during the last two seasons, Johnson began the 2006 season as Kansas City's featured back. He rushed for 1,789 yards (second in the league) on 416 carries, an NFL record for most carries in a season. The Chiefs would make an appearance in the playoffs with a 9-7 record, where Johnson ran for a lowly 30 yards on 13 carries against the Indianapolis Colts. At the conclusion of the season, Johnson would make his second Pro Bowl appearance for his efforts. City Indianapolis, Indiana Other nicknames The Horseshoes Team colors Speed Blue and White Head Coach Tony Dungy Owner Jim Irsay General manager Bill Polian Mascot Blue League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1953–present) Western Conference (1953-1969) Coastal Division (1967-1969) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC East (1970...


On June 21, 2007 Johnson stated that he was willing to sit out the Chiefs' training camp unless he and the Chiefs reach an agreement on a new contract. On July 22, rumors spread about the elite running back possibly being traded to the Green Bay Packers. The initial asking price was a first- second- and third-round pick.[3] However, on August 21, Johnson and the Chiefs' agreed to a five-year contract extension that locks Johnson with the Chiefs through the 2012 season.[4] As a result of this extension, Johnson is now the highest-paid running back in the NFL based on average salary per year. His new contract covers six years and will pay him $45 million, with $19 million in guaranteed money - the biggest contract in Chiefs history. is the 172nd day of the year (173rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 203rd day of the year (204th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... “Packers” redirects here. ... is the 233rd day of the year (234th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Touchdown celebration/endorsement deal

Johnson is known for flashing "The Roc" symbol (also known as the "Diamond Cutter") whenever he scores a rushing touchdown. This symbol is made with both palms facing out and touching both thumbs together and both index fingers together. Interestingly, the symbol also resembles his initials L.J. Recently Johnson signed a contract with the Team Roc clothing line founded by Jay-Z.[3] The first appearance of this gesture was after he scored a touchdown in a game on December 4, 2005 (which also happens to be Jay-Z's birthday). Rocawear Logo Rocawear is an urban clothing label created in 1999 by Damon Dash, Kareem Biggs Burke & Jay-Z, heads of the hip hop label Roc-a-Fella Records. ... Jay-Z (aka the Jigga, HOV and Hova, born Shawn Carter on December 4, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York) is an African American rapper/hip hop artist and record label executive; one of the most popular and successful rappers of the late 1990s and early 2000s. ... is the 338th day of the year (339th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


“Some people have Nike contracts, Reebok contracts, I don’t have either or,” Johnson said. “I’ve got Team Roc, that’s Jay-Z, Damon Dash... That’s their Nike or Reebok. I’m signed under that.” [4] Nike, Inc. ... Reebok International Limited is a British producer of athletic footwear, apparel, and accessories and is currently a subsidiary of Adidas AG. The name comes from Afrikaans/Dutch spelling of rhebok, a type of African antelope or gazelle. ... Damon Dash, also known as Dame Dash, (born May 3, 1971 in Harlem, New York) is an African-American label executive; the former CEO and co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records with Shawn Jay-Z Carter and Kareem Biggs Burke. ...


There was speculation that Johnson would discontinue usage of the symbol due to Jay-Z being sued by professional wrestler Diamond Dallas Page for copyright infringement, and the NFL's strengthened rules against end zone celebrations for the 2006 NFL Season. The speculation was put to rest when Johnson resumed using the celebration after scoring his first touchdown in week four of the 2006 season. ... For the 1930s cricketer, see Dallas Page (cricketer) Page Joseph Falkinburg, Jr. ... The Cathach of St. ... The 2006 season of the National Football League (NFL) was the 87th one played by the major professional American football league in the United States. ... The Chiefs are currently 3-3 and third in the AFC West. ...


Personal

Johnson and his father, Larry, Sr., maintain a very close relationship; he has referred to his father as his 'best friend' in several interviews. Johnson's brother, Tony, was a starting wide receiver for Penn State from 2000-2003. Larry Johnson (born Williamston, North Carolina) is an American football coach, currently serving as defensive line coach at Penn State University. ... Tony Johnson is a former American football wide receiver. ... The wide receiver (WR) position in American and Canadian football is the pass-catching specialist. ...


Johnson has been linked romantically with actress/BET host Julissa Bermudez. In 2007, Johnson appeared in Fantasia's music video for the song When I See U. Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... Bet may refer to: Look up bet in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Fantasia Monique Barrino (born June 30, 1984), or simply Fantasia, is an American pop, R&B, soul singer and Broadway / television actress who rose to fame as the winner of the third season of the television series American Idol in 2004. ... When I See U is the second single from Fantasias second album Fantasia. ...


Records

NFL

  • Holds the all-time NFL record for single season rushing attempts (416).[5]
  • Holds the all-time NFL record for most consecutive rushing touchdowns for a team without a teammate scoring a rushing touchdown (35–).
  • Holds the all-time NFL record for most rushing yards after November 1 in a season.

References

  1. ^ http://www.900footballlinks.net/chiefsbottom.htm#2003%20COLLEGE%20DRAFT
  2. ^ http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/profile.php?pyid=28235
  3. ^ Whitlock, Jason. Larry Johnson says training camp holdout is possible Kansas City Star, D1, 21 June 2007.
  4. ^ LJ ends holdout, joins Chiefs at practice Kansas City Star, 21 August 2007.
  5. ^ Chiefs Make Surprising Run To Playoffs from NBC5.com

Further reading

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External links

Profiles
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Ken Dorsey
Maxwell Award
2002
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Eli Manning
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Luke Staley
Doak Walker Award
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Walter Camp Award
2002
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Larry Fitzgerald
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Priest Holmes
Kansas City Chiefs starting running back
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