Andre Johnson is one of the best wide receivers to play in the NFL. During his playing career, he dominated on the field and was a tough matchup for defensive backs. He spent 14 seasons in the league and achieved many individual accomplishments.
Johnson spent most of his career playing for the Houston Texans. When he retired from the NFL, he set multiple franchise records with the Texans.
A look at Andre Johnson’s NFL career
Before Johnson got into the league, he starred in college at the University of Miami (Florida). During his junior year, the team went on to win the BCS National Championship, defeating the University of Nebraska 37-14. Johnson was the co-MVP of that game, and that season he finished with 52 receptions for 1,092 yards and nine touchdowns.
Going into the draft, Johnson was the top wide receiver in the field. The Houston Texans selected Johnson with the third overall pick in the 2003 NFL draft. As a rookie, Johnson started in all 16 games and finished the season with 66 receptions for 976 yards and four touchdowns. His performance led him to be named to the NFL All-Rookie Team.
The next season Johnson had a breakout season. He finished with over 1,000 yards receiving with six touchdowns. He made his first Pro Bowl in just his second season. Over the course of his career, Johnson established himself as one of the game’s top wide receivers. At 6-foot-3, Johnson was a very skilled receiver who had excellent hands and could catch anything that was thrown his way.
He led the league in receptions in 2006 and 2008, and he also led the league in receiving in 2008 and 2009. The Texans had something special with Johnson on the team. Fans got their money’s worth when they went and watched him play.
Andre Johnson’s career comes to an end
Before the 2015 season started, the Texans released Johnson. It was a bittersweet feeling for Houston fans to see Johnson go because of what he did in his 14 years there. He would sign with the Indianapolis Colts for the upcoming season.
It was different not seeing Johnson in a Texans for the first time. In his lone season with the Colts, he played in 16 games and had 41 receptions for 503 yards and three touchdowns. As Johnson was nearing the end of his career, his numbers steadily went down in his last three seasons. After the 2015 season, Johnson agreed to a two-year deal with the Tennessee Titans. During the 2016 season, he only appeared in eight games and had nine receptions for 85 yards and two touchdowns.
In October of 2016, Johnson announced his retirement from the NFL and ended up signing a one-day contract with the Texans in 2017 to officially retire with them. It only fitted for Johnson to retire with the organization that allowed him to fulfill his dream.
A look back at Andre Johnson’s career
Johnson finished his NFL career with 1,062 receptions, 14,185 receiving yards, and 70 receiving touchdowns. After his career ended, he was named to the Houston Texans Ring of Honor, and in 2019 he was inducted to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.
He currently holds eight records with the Texans. Some of those records include most career receptions (1,012), most career receiving yards (13,597), and most career touchdowns (64), to name a few. Johnson is currently 11th on the list for most receiving yards in NFL history. His career will never go unnoticed, especially in Houston. He can make a case to be in the Football Hall of Fame one day.