For the defensive back, see Eric Johnson (defensive back).
Eric Johnson
No. 82     
Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1979-09-15) September 15, 1979 (age 40)
Place of birth: Needham, Massachusetts
Career information
College: Yale
NFL Draft: 2001 / Round: 7 / Pick: 224
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* San Francisco 49ers ( 2001 2006)
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Receptions     240
Receiving yards     2,178
Receiving touchdowns     9
Stats at

Eric Maxwell Johnson (born September 15, 1979)[1] is a former American football tight end in the National Football League. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the seventh round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He played college football at Yale.

High school and college careerEdit

Johnson was born in Needham, Massachusetts. He attended Needham High School and Belmont Hill School in Massachusetts. He went on to Yale University, where he played wide receiver. He caught 21 receptions for 244 yards in Yale's come-from-behind victory against Harvard in the 1999 Harvard-Yale Game, including the game-winning touchdown catch.[2]

Professional careerEdit

Johnson was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the seventh round of the 2001 NFL Draft. When healthy, he was a contributor to the 49ers passing game. However, he missed all of 2003 with an injury and missed all of 2005 with an injury as well. In 2004, he led the 49ers in receiving with 82 catches for 825 yards and two touchdowns. During the 2006 season, Johnson split time with tight end Vernon Davis, the team's first-round draft pick.[1]

Johnson signed a one-year contract with the New Orleans Saints in 2007. He was re-signed by the team on March 14, 2008. On July 31, 2008, the Saints released him.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Johnson began dating singer Jessica Simpson in May 2010.[3] They announced their engagement that November.[4] The couple married on July 5, 2014 at the San Ysidro Ranch, in Montecito, Santa Barbara County, California.[5] The couple have three children.[6][7][8]



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