In his second year in the NFL RB Chris Johnson rushed for over 2,000 yards and seemed like the next great feature back. Ten years and three teams later, he’s hanging up his cleats.
On Monday the agents for Johnson issued a statement from the three-time Pro Bowler announcing his retirement.
“After a great deal of thought and consideration, I have decided to close this chapter of my life and look forward to the new possibilities that have been afforded to me,” Johnson wrote in the statement.
Johnson retires with 9,651 rushing yards – 35th on the all-time rushing list.
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Johnson was drafted 24th overall by the Tennessee Titans out of East Carolina in 2008. He made the Pro Bowl three straight years from his rookie season in 2008 until 2010.
In 2009, he rushed for 2,006 yards – becoming the sixth player in NFL history to rush for over 2,000 yards.
But starting in 2011, he began to regress somewhat. His yards per game average fell dramatically and by the end of 2013 the Titans were done with him.
Johnson played for the New York Jets in 2014, and then spent the next three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals.
Despite a slight resurgence with Arizona in 2015, he was used less and less the following two years.
Johnson has been a free agent all year.
Earlier in October, Johnson indicated that he was ready to retire when he posted an Instagram image of himself playing golf with the tagline “RETIRED LIFE!!!”