Earlier this season, veteran running back Chris Johnson had subtly indicated that he had made the decision to step away from the NFL after 10 seasons.
Johnson has made that decision official on Monday morning with a statement acknowledging that he has retired from the league through his agency with EAG Sports Management.
We'd like to congratulate @ChrisJohnson28 on such a long and illustrious career. We're happy and excited for the next chapter of your life! @Titans @nyjets @AZCardinals #NFL #legend #cj2k #Probowl #retirement pic.twitter.com/KCRUzqRABc
— EAG Sports Management (@EAGSports) November 5, 2018
This officially brings a close to an impressive decade-long career for Johnson that saw him put together a productive tenure in the NFL. He had played for the Tennessee Titans, New York Jets, and Arizona Cardinals where he tallied up 9,651 rushing yards and 55 total touchdowns along with garnering 307 receptions for 2,255 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. He posted 1,000 rushing yards in each of his first six seasons in the league with the Titans that saw him notch 2,006 yards in the 2009 campaign where he is just one of seven players in league history to record 2,000 rushing yards in a single campaign.
During the prime of his career, Johnson proved to be one of the league’s most dynamic running backs behind his blazing track-like speed and big-play ability. This had helped him find a huge amount of success in the league that pushed him to tally up nearly 10,000 career rushing yards along with currently being 35th all-time on that list in NFL history. All of this helped him earn Pro Bowl selections, a First-Team All-Pro nod, an NFL Offensive Player of the Year award, and a rushing yards title. He had also finished as the Titans’ third all-time rusher (7,965) behind Eddie George (10,009) and Earl Campbell (8,574).
This brings an end to this chapter of his life as he had a tremendous amount of personal success on the field. He had made the most of his opportunities in the league being among the most talented rushers in that the league had during his time.