Chris Johnson, one of the fastest running backs in NFL history, has decided to hang up his cleats for good.
The former Arizona Cardinal announced his retirement from the NFL via Instagram 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 in the caption of his post. “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 me.”
Johnson was selected by the Tennessee Titans as the 24th overall pick from East Carolina in the 2008 NFL draft. He memorably ran for 4.24 seconds for the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine that year, a record that stood for nine years until receiver John Ross broke it in 2017.
Throughout his 10-year NFL career, Johnson played for the Titans, Jets and Cardinals, and was a three-time Pro Bowl selection. His best season was in 2009 when he earned NFL Offensive Player of the Year and First Team All-Pro honors. Johnson won the league’s rushing title with 2,006 yards that season, and had a league-best 2,509 scrimmage yards.
In Oct. 2015, Johnson miraculously escaped death or paralysis by six inches when he survived multiple gunshots during a drive-by shooting in Orlando, Fla.
Johnson went unsigned for the 2018 season, and his last team he played for was the Cardinals. He played in 19 games and 12 starts for the Cardinals between 2015 to 2017.