Bryant Johnson
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Johnson with the San Francisco 49ers
No. 83, 80, 82, 89
Position:Wide Receiver
Personal information
Born: (1981-03-07) March 7, 1981 (age 41)
Baltimore, Maryland
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school:Baltimore City College
(Baltimore, Maryland)
College:Penn State
NFL Draft:2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Receiving Yards:3,938
Receiving TDs:16
Player stats at

Bryant Andrew Johnson (born March 7, 1981) is a former American football wide receiver who played in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals 17th overall in the 2003 NFL Draft and also played for the San Francisco 49ers, Detroit Lions, and Houston Texans. He played college football at Penn State.

Early years

Johnson attended Baltimore City College high school, excelling at football, basketball, and track. He was selected first-team all-state and the 1998 Baltimore Touchdown Club’s offensive player-of-the-year from the Knight's football team, Johnson also anchored a winning relay team at the Penn Relays for the school's track team.[1]

College career

Johnson was a star wide receiver for Penn State, starting his final two years. He was the sixth player in PSU history to catch more than 100 career passes, and finished second all-time with 2,008 career receiving yards.[1]

Johnson earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Penn State University in 2005.

Professional career

Johnson is matched up against St. Louis Rams cornerback Jason Craft during a game on November 16, 2008.
Johnson is matched up against St. Louis Rams cornerback Jason Craft during a game on November 16, 2008.

Arizona Cardinals

Johnson played three years predominantly as the Cardinals' third option receiver, playing mainly out of the slot receiver role, due to Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald being higher on the depth chart. His 35 catches in 2003 was the third most receptions for a rookie (his teammate Anquan Boldin had the most receptions for a rookie that year).[1] In his 5-year career with the Cardinals he caught 210 passes for 2675 yards and 9 touchdowns.

Johnson scored the inaugural touchdown at University of Phoenix Stadium, a 5-yard reception from Kurt Warner in the Arizona Cardinals preseason game on August 12, 2006.

San Francisco 49ers

Johnson signed a one-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers on March 14, 2008.[2] He had 45 receptions for 546 yards and three touchdowns the 2008 season, his fifth straight season with 40 or more receptions.[3] In his tenure with the 49ers, he changed his jersey number from 80 to 82 in respect of retired 49ers WR Jerry Rice, whose jersey number 80 was retired in his honor.

Detroit Lions

On February 28, 2009 Johnson signed a 3-year $9 million deal with the Detroit Lions.[4] He was released on July 28, 2011.[5]

Houston Texans

Johnson signed with the Houston Texans on August 29, 2011.

He re-signed with the Texans on July 26, 2012.[6] On August 27, he was released by the team.[7]


  1. ^ a b c "#80 Bryant Johnson". Arizona Cardinals. Archived from the original on 2006-07-20. Retrieved 2006-06-22.
  2. ^ "49ers Add Bryant Johnson To Receiver Mix". San Jose Mercury News. 2008-03-15.
  3. ^ Niyo, John (2008-02-28). "Lions to sign WR Bryant Johnson from 49ers". The Detroit News.
  4. ^ Niyo, John (2008-02-28). "Lions trade Jon Kitna to Cowboys". The Detroit News.
  5. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg. "Release Tracker". Pro Football Talk. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
  6. ^ Alper, Josh (July 26, 2012). "Texans bring back Bryant Johnson, pass on Roy Williams". Retrieved 2014-07-25.
  7. ^ Gaither, Mondek among Texans' cuts