Larry Johnson (American football)

Larry Johnson (American Football)

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Larry Alphonso Johnson, Jr. (born November 19, 1979) is an American football running back. He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at Penn State.

Johnson has also played for the Cincinnati Bengals and Washington Redskins.

Early years

Johnson of three children, born to Christine and Larry Johnson, Sr.. His father is a former high school vice-principal, a legendary high school football coach, and the current defensive line coach at Penn State University.

During his senior year for the Penn State Nittany Lions, Johnson rushed for 2,159 yards and 29 touchdowns. Johnson also recorded 31 tackles and 7 sacks as a defensive end for the Nittany Lions.

College career

Johnson attended Penn State University, where in 2002 he rushed for over 2,000 yards in a season without winning the Heisman Trophy, despite doing so with fewer carries than any other running back in the exclusive 2,000-yard club. Johnson averaged 8.0 yards per carry during the regular season, a mark that would have been an NCAA record. However, by 2002 the NCAA had begun counting bowl games toward statistical totals, and Johnson's performance against Auburn in the postseason (20 carries for 72 yards) brought his average to just below the record of 7.8 held by 1983 Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier. Remarkably, Johnson broke the Penn State record for......
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