Chris Johnson was born September 23, 1985 and is a running back for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League. Johnson is widely regarded as one of the fastest players in the NFL and as a Pro Bowl starter in his first three seasons, he has established himself as one of the elite running backs in the league.
Unheralded out of Orlando, Florida, Johnson emerged as a senior for East Carolina University where he broke out for 2,960 all-purpose yards and 24 touchdowns. He was drafted by the Titans 24th overall in 2008, after running a record-tying 4.24 sec in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. In his second year of professional football, he won the NFL rushing title with 2,006 yards (only the Seventh player ever to break 2,000), and broke Marshall Faulk’s record of total yards from scrimmage with 2,509. He was named the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2009 and earned the nickname CJ2K.
NFL Records Owned by Chris Johnson
- He is the only player in NFL history with a touchdown of 50 yards, 60 yards, and 80 yards, in one game. A 57-yard rush, a 69-yard reception, and a 91-yard rush. (week 2 vs Texans, 2009)
- Most total scrimmage yards in one single season: 2,509 (2009)
- He is the only player in NFL history with 6 TD runs of over 80 yards. No other player has more than three.
- He is the only player in NFL history to run for 3 80-yard TD runs in a single season on more than one occasion (2009, 2012).
- He became the first player in NFL history with six consecutive games of 125+ rushing yards and a 5.0+ yards per carry average in each of those games (Breaking Jim Brown’s record set in 1958 of five consecutive games).
- In 2009, he became the first player in NFL history with at least 2,000 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards in the same season.
- With his three touchdown runs of 85 or more yards in 2009 (91, 89, 85), and one in 2012 (94), he is the only player in NFL history to register four career touchdown runs of 85 or more yards. No other player has more than two such career touchdown runs.
- Johnson rushed for more than 100 yards in 12 consecutive games (10/18/09 – 9/12/10), which ranks second in NFL history (Barry Sanders, 14).