Former Titans RB Chris Johnson Officially Retires from NFL


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Former Titans running back Chris Johnson has officially retired from the NFL.

Johnson, a first-round pick by the Titans in the 2008 NFL Draft, released a statement on Monday.

"I would like to take this time to thank my family, friends, fans, and teammates who have given their continued support throughout my 10 year career," Johnson said. "My time in the NFL has given me so many opportunities and memories. After a great deal of thought and consideration, I have decided to close this chapter of my life and look forward to the new possibilities that have been afforded to me.

"I would like to thank the Tennessee Titans, New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals organizations, who provided me with an opportunity to play the game I love and to be a part of their amazing communities. Playing in the NFL was a honor and I am humbled and blessed to have been able to be a part of the league for 10 years."

Johnson played for the Titans from 2008-2013 before being released.

With 7,965 yards, Johnson departed as the franchise's No. 3 all-time rusher behind Eddie George (10,009) and Earl Campbell (8,574). Over the six seasons, only Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (8,774) had more rushing yards than Johnson.

His run with the Titans was highlighted by a 2009 season when he became just the sixth back in NFL history to eclipse the 2,000-yard mark in a season. Johnson was named the NFL's offensive player of the year that season, when he finished with 2,006 yards and set an NFL record with 2,509 yards from scrimmage.

Johnson compiled 35 100-yard rushing games in six seasons with the Titans, including 24 games when he racked up 125 or more.

Johnson played in 2014 with the Jets, and part of three seasons with the Cardinals (2015-17).

He finished his career with 9,651 rushing yards and 55 touchdowns. He also caught 307 passes for 2,255 yards and nine touchdowns.

A first-round pick (24th overall) by the Titans in 2008, RB Chris Johnson became just the sixth player in NFL history to rush for over 2,000 yards in 2009. He earned three Pro Bowls and was the NFL's Offensive Player of the Year in 2009. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)

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