(born 4 July 1983) is an Australian rules footballer
for the Geelong Football Club
in the Australian Football League
He was selected by Geelong with pick 24 in the 2001 AFL Draft
. His first few years were plagued with inconsistency, injury and off field problems. A medium-sized forward, Johnson is renowned for his freakish ability on the field, where he has consistently wowed fans with his penchant for extraordinary goals.
Johnson was suspended by his club for the first 5 matches of 2007 after he was arrested for public drunkenness in Wangaratta
on December 24 2006
. He returned in round 6 against Richmond
where he went on to contribute 21 possessions and kick 2 goals in a match Geelong convincingly won by 157 points. He has since gone on to post career-best numbers across the board, capped off by All-Australian
selection on the half-forward flank in September, 2007
His 2007 season was capped off when Johnson lead the Cats to victory in the Grand Final
, collecting a premiership medallion, and winning the Norm Smith Medal
for best on ground in the Grand Final. Johnson was hailed as a feel good story for the year, with a good example of a player reforming after disciplinary action.
Early in 2008 however, Johnson lost his drivers' license and was sentenced to 50 hours working with the TAC
after he was clocked in over 70 km/h over the speed limit in a 50 zone. Teammate Shannon Byrnes
was in the car at the time.
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