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27. Joe Johnson

Joe Johnson was an All-Rookie for the Saints in 1994, after New Orleans took him 13thOverall in the NFL Draft after a great career at Louisville

 

Johnson slowly built up his skills on the pro level, and in 1998 after a 70 Tackle year, he was named to the Pro Bowl.  Johnson could not build upon that as a knee injury took him out of the entire 1999 campaign, but he came back in 2000 with a career-best 12 Sack year, and his second Pro Bowl.  The former Cardinal would win both the PFWA and AP Comeback Player of the Year. Johnson had nine Sacks in 2001, and the Green Bay Packers courted him with a monster contract, that he was unable to live up to primarily due to injuries.

In the 106 Games that Johnson played for New Orleans, he would net 50.5 Sacks with 384 Tackles.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Defensive End
  • Acquired: Selected in the 1st Round, 13th Overall in the NFL Draft 4/24/94.
  • Departed:

    Signed with the Dallas Cowboys as a Free Agent before the 2002 Season.

  • Games Played: 106
  • Notable Statistics:

    104 Games Started
    13 Forced Fumbles
    7 Fumble Recoveries
    5 Fumble Recovery Yards
    1 Fumble Recovery Touchdown
    50.5 Quarterback Sacks
    384 Combined Tackles
    306 Solo Tackles
    78 Assisted Tackles
    27 Tackles for Loss*
    53 Approximate Value

    *Tackles for Loss were not a stat until 1999.

  • Played For: New Orleans Saints
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Pro Bowl (1998 & 2000)
    AP Comeback Player of the Year (2000)
    PFWA Comeback Player of the Year (2000)
    All-Rookie (1994)

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