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Micah Johnson
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Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-06-22) June 22, 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth: Columbus, Georgia
Career information
College: Kentucky
Undrafted in 2010
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* New York Giants ( 2010)*
Roster status: Active
CFL status: International
Career highlights and awards
* 2× Grey Cup champion (2014, 2018)
Tackles     1
Quarterback sacks     0
Interceptions     0
Stats at NFL.com
Tackles     158
Quarterback sacks     41
Interceptions     2
Stats at CFL.ca

Micah Johnson (born June 22, 1988) is a Canadian football defensive tackle currently playing for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Previously he played for the Calgary Stampeders and the Kansas City Chiefs. He was signed by the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He played college football at Kentucky. He has also spent time with the Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals, and most recently the Green Bay Packers.

Early yearsEdit

While playing linebacker and running back for Fort Campbell High School, Johnson was selected as the 2005 Kentucky Mr. Football.[1] Having played only two years at Ft. Campbell, his career totals there included 2,543 rushing yards, 46 touchdowns, and 293 tackles. Johnson played his freshman and sophomore years at West Potomac High School in Alexandria, Virginia, where he also starred in basketball. A highly regarded recruit, Johnson chose the University of Kentucky over Georgia and Notre Dame. Following his high school career, Johnson was invited to play in the 2006 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.[2]

Rated the nation's top inside linebacker by ESPN,[3][4] he was also selected as a high school All-American by Parade, EA Sports, PrepStar and SuperPrep.[1] Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Johnson was listed as the No. 2 strongside defensive end prospect in the nation in 2006.[5]

College careerEdit

Johnson recorded 29 tackles (20 solo, 9 assist) at linebacker in his freshman season for the Kentucky Wildcats. He was voted to the All-SEC Freshman Team by the coaches of the conference. In the Wildcats' 2006 Music City Bowl victory against Clemson University, Johnson entered the game as a running back and scored a touchdown.

As a sophomore, he recorded 58 tackles, 2 interceptions, and 5 pass breakups.

As a junior, he recorded 57 solo tackles, 30 assisted, 11.5 for loss, and 2.5 sacks. Johnson earned first-team All-SEC honors,[6] and he considered early entry into the 2009 NFL Draft.[7] However, Johnson opted to stay for his senior year.

Professional careerEdit

New York GiantsEdit

Johnson was signed by the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent following the 2010 NFL Draft. He was waived on June 21, 2010.[8]

Miami DolphinsEdit

On August 3, 2010, Johnson was signed by the Miami Dolphins. He was waived on September 15, 2010.

Kansas City ChiefsEdit

On December 8, 2010, Johnson was signed to the practice squad by the Kansas City Chiefs. He was waived on September 3, 2011.[9]

Cincinnati BengalsEdit

On December 13, 2011, Johnson was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals to the practice squad.

Calgary StampedersEdit

On May 27, Johnson was signed by the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League.[10] Johnson worked his way up to starter with Calgary over the years, winning the Grey Cup in 2014 as a backup. Subsequent years saw Johnson working his way into a starting role, while returning to the championship game for the 2016 and 2017 seasons, where Calgary suffered a pair of heartbreaking losses to Ottawa and Toronto. In 2018, Johnson and the Stamps won the 106th Grey Cup, and Johnson's efforts resulted in his recognition as one of the most dominant interior rushers in the game, with 14 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, and an interception. He was named to his 3rd consecutive CFL-West All Star team.[11]

In 81 career games during his 6 seasons in Calgary, Johnson has amassed 158 tackles, 2 tackles on special teams, 41 sacks, 2 interceptions, and 6 forced fumbles.

Saskatchewan RoughridersEdit

On February 12, 2019, Johnson signed a one year contract with the Saskatchewan Roughriders for $250,000 CAD, making him one of the highest paid defensive players in the CFL.[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Micah Johnson Bio – Kentucky Wildcats Official Athletic Site". ukathletics.com. http://www.ukathletics.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/johnson_micah00.html.
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-07-01. https://web.archive.org/web/20070701080952/http://www4.army.mil/ocpa/read.php?story_id_key=8156. Retrieved 2008-12-14.
  3. "Micah Johnson". ESPN.com. http://insider.espn.go.com/ncf/recruiting/tracker/player?recruitId=27343&action=upsell&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fncf%2frecruiting%2ftracker%2fplayer%3frecruitId%3d27343.
  4. "ESPN". ESPN.com. http://insider.espn.go.com/ncaa/recruiting/news/story?id=2241961&action=upsell&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fncaa%2frecruiting%2fnews%2fstory%3fid%3d2241961.
  5. "Yahoo Sports: Rivals.com Ranking – Rivals.com Strongside defensive ends 2006". rivals.com. https://footballrecruiting.rivals.com/viewrank.asp?ra_key=1154.
  6. "secsports.com/index.php?s=&url_channel_id=2&url_article_id=11926&change_well_id=2". Archived from the original on 2008-12-10. https://web.archive.org/web/20081210235153/http://www.secsports.com/index.php?s=&url_channel_id=2&url_article_id=11926&change_well_id=2.
  7. "www.kentucky.com/978/story/617884.html". http://www.kentucky.com/978/story/617884.html.
  8. Garafolo, Mike (June 21, 2010). "Giants waive five players, including punter Jy Bond". The Star-Ledger. http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2010/06/giants_waive_five_players_incl.html. Retrieved 2010-06-22.
  9. "http://www.cincyjungle.com/2011/12/13/2633687/cincinnati-bengals-sign-linebacker-micah-johnson-to-the-practice-squad". http://www.cincyjungle.com/2011/12/13/2633687/cincinnati-bengals-sign-linebacker-micah-johnson-to-the-practice-squad.
  10. "Micah Johnson – Roster – Calgary Stampeders". Calgary Stampeders. Archived from the original on 7 October 2014. https://web.archive.org/web/20141007193448/http://www.stampeders.com/roster/show/id/6199.
  11. https://www.cfl.ca/2018/11/07/star-power-2018-cfl-divisional-stars-announced/
  12. "Riders agree to terms with DL Micah Johnson – 3DownNation". https://3downnation.com/2019/02/12/riders-agree-to-terms-with-dl-micah-johnson/.

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Curtis Pulley
Kentucky Mr. Football
2005
Succeeded by
Douglas Beaumont

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