15 Interesting Facts About Quarterback Brad Johnson
Many people lump Brad Johnson in with your run of the mill journeyman quarterbacks, but he was much more than that. He never achieved superstar status or became an NFL legend, but he was a very good player who helped each team he played with become even better. Here is a look at 15 interesting facts about this perhaps underrated quarterback.
-Brad Johnson was a very good athlete in high school. He ended up bing a high school All-American in two different sports, basketball and football.
-Brad Johnson ended up playing with four different teams during his NFL career, the Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Dallas Cowboys. He ended up with a winning record with each of those franchises, except for the Cowboys who he put up a 1-2 career record as a starter with.
-From 1995 to 2007, a span of 13 consecutive seasons, Brad Johnson completed at least 60% of his passes. As of 2010, no one has done that for more consecutive years.
-Brad Johnson scored nine non-throwing touchdowns during his NFL career, three with the Vikings, three with the Redskins, and three with the Buccaneers.
-He won the 2003 NFL Quarterback Challenge event, beating competitors like tom Brady, Byron Leftwich, Mark Brunell, Jeff Garcia, Marc Bulger, and Matt Hasselbeck.
-Brad Johnson threw 166 touchdown passes during his NFL career. He completed 65 of them with the Vikings, that is the most he did for any team and is just one more than the 64 he completed as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneeers.
-In 1997, while a member of the Minnesota Vikings, Brad Johnson threw a pass that was deflected up into the air by a Carolina Panthers defensive player. Johnson then caught it before it hit the ground, put a couple of moves on the defense, and scored a touchdown from three yards out. This made him the first NFL player to ever complete a touchdown pass to himself.
-The most passing yards that Johnson ever put up in one season was 4,005. this happened in 1999, his first season with the Washington Redskins. He was just the second Redskins quarterback ever to break the 4,000 yard barrier.
-Over the course of his whole career, Brad Johnson threw more of his touchdown passes in the 2nd quarter, a total of 60, than he did in any other quarter of play. He threw the fewest touchdown passes in the first quarter with just 19.
-No player in the NFL caught more touchdown passes from Brad Johnson than Vikings receiver Cris Carter with a total of 20. In second place on the list is Keenan McCardell with 14.
-The longest touchdown pass Brad Johnson ever completed in the NFL went for 82 yards in a 1996 Minnesota Vikings win over the Oakland Raiders. It cam in the first quarter and was caught by Vikings receiver Jake Reed.
-Brad Johnson threw 26 touchdown passes in 2003, his third season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This was the highest one season total of his career.
-The first touchdown pass Brad Johnson ever threw in the NFL cam in 1996 in the fourth quarter of a 17-13 win over the Detroit Lions. It went for 31 yards and was caught by Cris Carter.
-The last touchdown pass that Brad Johnson ever threw in the NFL came in the second quarter of a 13-9 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers while he was playing with the Dallas Cowboys. It went for just two yards and was caught by Roy E. Williams.