Nico Johnson
Johnson playing for Alabama in 2012
No. 57,48,52     
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-06-19) June 19, 1990 (age 29)
Place of birth: Andalusia, Alabama
Career information
College: Alabama
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 4 / Pick: 99
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Kansas City Chiefs ( 2013 2014)
Career highlights and awards
* SEC Champion (2009, 2012)
Career NFL statistics as of 2014
Tackles     22
Sacks     0.0
Forced fumbles     0

Nico Johnson (born June 19, 1990) is a former American football linebacker. He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at Alabama, where he was a member of National Championship teams in 2009, 2011, and 2012.

Early lifeEdit

Johnson was born in Andalusia, Alabama. He attended Andalusia High School, where he played basketball under coach Richard Robertson, as well as football. He recorded 78 tackles, 32 assists, one fumble recovery, one blocked punt and 11 interceptions during his senior season. As a junior, he made 80 tackles and blocked one field goal attempt.

Johnson received ASWA first team All-State honors three consecutive times and was named to the Orlando Sentinel′s All-Southern Team and the Press Register′s Super Southeast 120 (No. 12). He also earned All-American honors by Parade, was a finalist for the High School Butkus Award, and was selected U.S. Army All-American Bowl, where he led the West squad with four solo tackles, including two tackles for loss.

Considered a five-star recruit by, Johnson was ranked as the No. 2 outside linebacker prospect, behind only Jelani Jenkins[1] He has made numerous visits to Alabama and said one of the reasons he chose the Crimson Tide over finalists Oregon, Florida, Louisiana State, and Southern California was to be near his mother, who suffered from diabetes.[2] Johnson is now[when?] a contributor to the class of 2009 scholarship at Andalusia High School.[citation needed]

College careerEdit

Johnson enrolled in the University of Alabama, where he played for coach Nick Saban's Alabama Crimson Tide football team from 2009 to 2012. As a true freshman in 2009, Johnson began the season as a backup, but soon had to step in for the injured Dont'a Hightower.[3] He played in 12 games and made two starts at weak-side inside linebacker next to Rolando McClain.[4] He earned freshman All-SEC selection by the league coaches and Sporting News after the 2009 season. Nico Johnson was part of three BCS National Championship teams (2009, 2011, 2012) while playing for the Crimson Tide.

College career statisticsEdit

Correct as of completion of 2012 regular season.
Year GP–GS Tackles Sacks Pass Defense Fumbles Blocked
Solo Ast Total Loss–Yards No–Yards Int–Yards BU PD QBH Rcv–Yards FF Kick
2009 12–3 17 11 28 4.5–18 1.0–15 0–0 2 2 0 0–0 1 0
2010 13-6 22 11 33 3.5-7 0.0-0 1-0 1 2 1 0-0 0 0
2011 13-6 25 22 47 6.5-18 1.0-5 1-2 3 4 0 1-0 1 0
2012 13-5 23 31 54 2.0-6 0.0-0 0.0-0 1 1 1 0-0 2 0

Professional careerEdit

Kansas City ChiefsEdit

In the 2013 NFL Draft, Johnson was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth round with the 99th overall draft pick. Johnson signed a 4-year, $2 million deal with the Chiefs. On August 30, 2014, he was released during final preseason roster cut downs.[5] The next day, he was signed to the Chiefs practice squad.

Cincinnati BengalsEdit

Johnson was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals on October 17, 2014 off the Chiefs' practice squad.[6] On August 31, 2015, he was released by the Bengals.[7]

Washington RedskinsEdit

The Washington Redskins signed Johnson to their practice squad on September 25, 2015.[8] On October 20, 2015, he was released by the Redskins.[9]

New York GiantsEdit

On November 10, 2015, the New York Giants signed Johnson to their practice squad.[10] On December 31, 2015, Johnson was promoted to the 53-man roster.[11]

On April 12, 2016, the New York Giants waived Johnson with a failed physical designation.[12]


  1. outside linebackers 2009, January 16, 2009,
  2. Estes, Gentry (September 3, 2008), "Alabama adds prep star Nico Johnson", Mobile Press-Register,
  3. Melick, Ray (August 5, 2009), "5 battles to watch as the Crimson Tide starts summer football practice", Birmingham News,
  5. Thorman, Joel (August 30, 2014). "Chiefs roster cuts 2014: Tyler Bray to IR, Ryan Succop released". Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  6. "Bengals pilfer Nico Johnson from Chiefs’ practice squad". Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  7. Harvey, Coley (August 31, 2015). "Receiver Denarius Moore among players released by Bengals". Retrieved September 21, 2015.
  8. "9/25: Redskins Make Roster Moves". September 25, 2015. Retrieved September 25, 2015.
  9. "10/20: Redskins Make Roster Moves". October 20, 2015. Retrieved December 10, 2015.
  10. Eisen, Michael (November 10, 2015). "Giants add DT Montori Hughes to active roster; Johnathan Hankins to IR". Retrieved December 10, 2015.
  11. "Nico Johnson eligible to play on Sunday after being activated by New York Giants". Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  12. Kratch, James (April 12, 2016). "Giants cut linebacker Nico Johnson after failed physical". Retrieved June 16, 2016.

External linksEdit

Template:Kansas City Chiefs 2013 NFL Draft selections

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