Johnathan Sullivan
No. 97
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1981-01-21) January 21, 1981 (age 43)
Griffin, Georgia, U.S.
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:315 lb (143 kg)
Career information
High school:Griffin (GA)
NFL draft:2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Passes defended:3
Forced fumbles:1
Player stats at · PFR

Johnathan Lamar Sullivan (born January 21, 1981) is a former American football defensive tackle who played in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Georgia and was drafted sixth overall by the New Orleans Saints in the 2003 NFL Draft.[1]

In the 2004 preseason, Sullivan reported to training camp out of shape, at nearly 350 pounds, and lost his starting job.[2] Sullivan was inactive for the final eight games of the 2004 season due to a combination of poor play, bad attitude and lackluster work ethic. When Sullivan was inactive for a game against the Atlanta Falcons, he appeared in the press box for the pregame meal.

In the 2005 preseason, Saints general manager Mickey Loomis pulled Sullivan out of a team meeting to tell him to improve his diet and behavior.[3]

In June 2006, the Saints traded Sullivan to the New England Patriots in exchange for wide receiver Bethel Johnson.[4] Neither Johnson nor Sullivan ever played for his new team, as Johnson was waived and signed with the Minnesota Vikings in September 2006. Sullivan never played for New England and was waived on October 9, 2006.[5]

On June 26, 2006, Sullivan was stopped by police near Atlanta and charged with possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, among other charges.[6]


  1. ^ "2003 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved 2023-03-28.
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  4. ^ "Patriots Acquire DL Johnathan Sullivan From New Orleans". Retrieved 4 February 2023.
  5. ^ "Johnathan Sullivan Stats, Height, Weight, Position, Draft, College". Retrieved 4 February 2023.
  6. ^ "New Patriot Sullivan hit with marijuana, driving charges". 29 June 2006. Retrieved 4 February 2023.