A Hall of a career for Andre Johnson
When Andre Johnson helped lead the Miami Hurricanes to the national championship in the 2002 Rose Bowl, he was a sophomore wide receiver looking ahead to a long and productive career.
In that game, which replays Sunday, April 26, on ESPN Classic, he teamed with quarterback Ken Dorsey for two touchdowns and 199 yards through the air as Miami completed an undefeated season with a 37-14 victory over Oregon. Both players were awarded co-MVP honors.
A year later, Johnson entered the NFL Draft, where he was taken third overall by the Houston Texans. And for the next 14 seasons (12 with the Texans), he would prove himself to be one of the top receivers in NFL history.
Among his accomplishments were seven Pro Bowl selections, two First Team All Pro designations and two years leading the league in receptions and receiving yards. He recorded seven 1,000-plus yards seasons and his 14,185 career yards receiving is 10th on the all-time list while his 1,062 receptions ranks 11th. Although the Texans weren’t much of a factor in the postseason, Johnson managed to catch 25 passes for 358 yards in four postseason appearances.
He retired in 2017 and became the first-ever inductee into the Houston Texans Ring of Honor. In two years, he’ll be eligible to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, where the only question will be whether he gets in on the first ballot.
Full name: Andre Lamont Johnson
Birth date: July 11, 1981
Height/weight: 6 feet, 3 inches/229 pounds
Teams: Houston Texans (2003-14); Indianapolis Colts (2015); Tennessee Titans (2016)
Draft: Selected in the first round (third overall) by the Texans in 2003
Position: Wide receiver
Honors and achievements: Pro Bowl (2004, 2006, 2008-10, 2012, 2013); First Team All Pro (2008, 2009); NFL receptions leader (2006, 2008); NFL receiving yards leader (2008, 2009); BCS National Champion (2001); Rose Bowl co-MVP (2002); Texas Sports Hall of Fame (2019)