Ex-Titans RB Chris Johnson claims he’s a Hall of Famer
Former Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson believes he’s a Hall of Famer.
Johnson made this claim to TMZ Sports during the launch of his supplement company, Johnson Performance Supplements (JPS), on April 27. Not only that, but Johnson also said he’s the fastest player in NFL history.
CJ2K’s bold claims all went down Wednesday at the launch party for his supplement company in Nashville…when he told TMZ Sports straight up, ‘I think I’m a Hall of Famer’ and ‘I’m the fastest guy that ever played in the NFL.’
There ain’t much debate about Johnson’s speed…the guy held the Combine record for YEARS with a 4.24 40-yard dash.
But as for the HOF debate??? That might not be as clear-cut…Johnson finished his career with less than 10,000 rushing yards and just 55 TDs — numbers that haven’t always gotten guys in.
But, Johnson tells us, ‘Hopefully they do the right thing. And we’ll see what happens.’
Chris Johnson Says He's A Hall of Famer, I'm Fastest NFL Player EVER Too! https://t.co/Lq2dgJZGDk
— TMZ Sports (@TMZ_Sports) April 27, 2019
TMZ makes a valid point. Johnson’s time of 4.24 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine in 2008 remained the best finish ever in almost a decade. Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver John Ross broke Johnson’s record with a time of 4.22 seconds in 2017.
Johnson’s claim of becoming a Hall of Famer is a bit of a stretch. Realistically speaking, he’s one of the best running backs in Titans franchise history along with Earl Campbell and Eddie George. It isn’t hard to envision Derrick Henry following in their footsteps once he retires from the NFL.
Johnson signed a one-day contract to officially retire as a Tennessee Titan on April 24, per Jim Wyatt of the team’s official website.
Johnson told Wyatt he had so many fond memories in Tennessee.
Tennessee, that’s the first organization that gave me the chance to make my dreams come true.
I have so many great memories in Tennessee and was able to do so many things with the Titans. It’s an organization I always want to be considered a part of.
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) April 28, 2019
Johnson played for the Titans from 2008 to 2013. During that span, he amassed 7,965 yards on the ground. Wyatt says former NFL MVP Adrian Peterson was the only one to record more rushing yards (8,774) during that six-year period.
According to the Titans’ official website, Johnson finishes his NFL career as Tennessee’s third all-time rusher behind George (10,009 yards) and Campbell (8,574).