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Charles Johnson
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Johnson playing in Super Bowl 50
with the Panthers
No. 95     
Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-07-10) July 10, 1986 (age 33)
Place of birth: Hawkinsville, Georgia
Career information
College: Georgia
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 3 / Pick: 83
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Carolina Panthers ( 2007 2017)
Career highlights and awards
* Second-team All-SEC (2006)
Total tackles     321
Sacks     67.5
Forced fumbles     19
Fumble recoveries     4
Stats at NFL.com

Charles Johnson (born July 10, 1986) is a former American football defensive end who played 11 seasons for the Carolina Panthers in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Georgia and was drafted by the Panthers in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft.

Early yearsEdit

Johnson attended Hawkinsville High School, where he was a three-sport athlete in football, basketball and track. He played defensive end for the Hawkinsville Red Devils football team. As a junior, he earned Class A All-State honorable mention and All-Area honors. As a senior, he recorded 16 sacks and 30 pressures while leading his team to the Class A State Championship, where he returned an interception 83 yards for a touchdown. He participated in the GACA North-South All-Star game.[1]

In addition to football, he also played basketball and ran track. He played as a forward on the basketball team. In track & field, he competed as a member of the Hawkinsville relay squads, recording personal-best times of 43.27 seconds in the 4x100 and 3:42.47 minutes in the 4x400.[2] He also ran a 4.6-second 40-yard dash.

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 2 in 270 lb 4.75 s 1.58 s 2.74 s 7.51 s 34 in 9 ft 10 in 33 reps

Johnson was considered by some NFL scouts to be a 1st or 2nd round pick and rated as high as the 3rd best defensive end in draft by some scouting services.[3] He went later than expected to the Carolina Panthers in the 3rd round with the 83rd overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. This was considered to be a greatsteal by many experts.[4] [5]

During Johnson's rookie year (2007), he appeared sparingly due to playing behind established veterans like Julius Peppers and Mike Rucker.

Johnson appeared in all 16 games of the 2008 season. With Rucker retired, and a year of experience behind him; he showed great strides during the year totaling 25 tackles, 6 quarterback sacks, and forcing 1 fumble.

The 2010 season was his first year as a starter with the departure of longtime starter Julius Peppers and was somewhat of a breakout year for Johnson. Through 16 games he recorded 11.5 sacks (tied for 8th in the NFL) with 62 total tackles, and 1 forced fumble.[6] After the lockout was lifted, Johnson was resigned to a six-year $72M ($32M guaranteed) contract. According to ESPN the Magazine, he was the highest paid player in the NFL during the 2011 season with a total salary of $34M.[7]

Johnson recorded 9.0, 12.5, 11.0, and 8.5 over the 2011–2014 seasons, 11th in the NFL over that time period. He had two sacks in the Panthers' first 2014 playoff game against Arizona. On September 29, 2015, he was placed on injured reserve, and missed five games. However, he returned on November 24, 2015. On February 7, 2016, Johnson was part of the Panthers team that played in Super Bowl 50. In the game, the Panthers fell to the Denver Broncos by a score of 24–10.[8] He had five tackles and a sack in the losing effort, matching the one sack he had in both previous playoff games.[9] His five career playoff sacks is a Panthers franchise record, and his three that year shares a single-postseason record with Kony Ealy.

On March 3, 2016, Johnson was released,[10] but on March 8, 2016,he signed a one-year deal with the Panthers worth $3 million.[11][12]

On March 7, 2017, Johnson signed a two-year, $9.5 million contract extension with the Panthers.[13] On December 1, 2017, Johnson was suspended for four games due to violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.[14]

On February 26, 2018, Johnson was released by the Panthers.[15] Johnson officially announced his retirement from the NFL on August 22, 2018. He spent his entire professional career with the Carolina Panthers.[16]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF FR
2007 CAR 3 2 2 1 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 CAR 16 0 25 20 5 6.0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
2009 CAR 13 2 25 17 8 4.0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2010 CAR 16 16 62 51 11 11.5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2011 CAR 15 15 40 30 10 9.0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2012 CAR 16 16 41 30 11 12.5 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
2013 CAR 14 14 31 25 6 11.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
2014 CAR 16 16 41 29 12 8.5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
2015 CAR 9 9 12 5 7 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 CAR 13 13 26 14 12 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2017 CAR 12 11 16 4 12 0.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 143 114 321 226 95 67.5 0 25 0 0 0 0 0 19 4

PlayoffsEdit

Year Team GP GS Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF FR
2008–09 CAR 1 0 2 2 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14 CAR 1 1 3 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014–15 CAR 2 2 5 2 3 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015–16 CAR 3 3 9 7 2 3.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 7 6 19 14 5 5.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://www.georgiadogs.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/charles_johnson_235596.html
  2. "Archived copy". https://www.trackingfootball.com/players/charles-johnson-3361/.
  3. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named sportnews1
  4. Georgia. "Charles Johnson Scouting Report – 2007 NFL Draft Prospect". Fftoolbox.com. http://www.fftoolbox.com/nfl_draft/profile_display.cfm?Prospect_ID=1175. Retrieved 29 April 2010.
  5. "Charles Johnson, DE, Georgia". Cdsdraft.com. http://cdsdraft.com/profile.php?id=806. Retrieved 29 April 2010.
  6. http://espn.go.com/nfl/statistics/player/_/stat/defense/sort/sacks/qualified/false
  7. http://espn.go.com/espn/story/_/id/7858863/racing-boxing-highest-paying-sports-espn-magazine
  8. "Super Bowl 50 – Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers – February 7th, 2016". Pro-Football-Reference.com. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/201602070den.htm. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  9. "Super Bowl 50 – National Football League Game Summary". National Football League. http://www.nfl.com/liveupdate/gamecenter/56834/DEN_Gamebook.pdf. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  10. "Panthers cut veteran defensive end Charles Johnson". http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2016/03/03/panthers-cut-veteran-defensive-end-charles-johnson/.
  11. "Johnson follows 'heart,' re-signs with Panthers". ESPN. http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/14931495/charles-johnson-plans-return-carolina-panthers.
  12. Spotrac.com. "Charles Johnson". http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/carolina-panthers/charles-johnson/.
  13. Strickland, Bryan (March 7, 2017). "Panthers re-sign Charles Johnson". http://www.panthers.com/news/article-2/Panthers-re-sign-Charles-Johnson/0a5ffa7a-1012-4ba5-a5e6-85f31fb12b7f.
  14. Patra, Kevin (December 1, 2017). "Panthers DE Charles Johnson suspended four games". National Football League. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000885957/article/panthers-de-charles-johnson-suspended-four-games.
  15. Strickland, Bryan (February 26, 2018). "Panthers release Charles Johnson". http://www.panthers.com/news/article-2/Panthers-release-Charles-Johnson/a20e4c53-ba6b-42d1-8e68-239713b89477.
  16. Henson, Max (August 22, 2018). "Charles Johnson Calls it a Career". https://www.panthers.com/news/charles-johnson-calls-it-a-career.

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