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The Andre Johnson Story: From Miami Gardens to NFL Legend and Philanthropist



Andre Johnson | Photo Credit: JC Ridley

Andre Johnson’s life in sports began in Miami Gardens, Florida, his birthplace and hometown. From a young age, Johnson showcased his exceptional athletic abilities in various sports, including football, basketball, and track. During his middle school years, Johnson had the privilege of competing alongside James Jones, a former basketball player for the University of Miami and the Miami Heat.

Attending Miami Senior High School, Johnson’s talent shined brightly. He demonstrated his skills not only on the gridiron but also on the basketball court, where he played alongside Udonis Haslem, a former Florida Gator and Miami Heat basketball player.

During his senior year of high school, Johnson’s football performance was nothing short of extraordinary, with 15 touchdowns on just 31 receptions, racking up a total of 908 yards and averaging nearly 30 yards per catch. His remarkable achievements earned him the prestigious titles of All-State and a 1998 Parade All-American selection.

With his talents highly sought after, being recruited by college football programs around the country, Johnson made the decision to stay close to home and attend the University of Miami. After redshirting his freshman year in 1999 and having limited playing time in 2000, Johnson emerged from the shadows of his predecessors, such as Santana Moss and Reggie Wayne, to claim the starting position in 2001. That season, he showcased his ability with 44 receptions, 881 yards, and 10 touchdowns. However, it was his remarkable performance in the 2002 Rose Bowl National Championship game, where he recorded 7 receptions for 199 yards and two touchdowns, that played a crucial role in the Canes’ victory over Nebraska and secured their fifth National Championship. Johnson’s career-best performance earned him co-MVP honors alongside quarterback Ken Dorsey. The following season, he continued to excel with 52 catches, 1,092 yards, and nine touchdowns, becoming only the second wide receiver in Miami’s history to achieve over 1,000 yards receiving in a single season, joining another Miami High alumnus, Eddie Brown.

Johnson’s athletic gifts extended beyond the football field. He also competed for UM’s track and field team, winning both the Big East 60-meter dash and 100-meter dash at the Big East Championships in 2002. Recognizing his outstanding collegiate career, Johnson was rightfully inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.

In the 2003 NFL Draft, Johnson was chosen with the third overall pick in the first-round by the Houston Texans, which began a remarkable 14-year career in the league. Throughout his NFL career, he proved to be a dominant force, amassing impressive statistics of 1,062 receptions, 14,185 receiving yards, and 70 touchdowns. His exceptional performance earned him seven Pro Bowl selections and two All-Pro honors, solidifying his status among the NFL’s elite. On November 19th, 2017, Johnson made history as the first player to be inducted into the Houston Texans’ Ring of Honor, a testament to his legendary contributions to the franchise.

Beyond his on-field accomplishments, Johnson made a profound impact off the field as well. During his rookie season with Houston, he established the Andre Johnson Foundation, a testament of his commitment towards supporting children and teens growing up in single-parent homes, ultimately demonstrating his dedication to making a difference in the community.

As we celebrate Andre Johnson’s legacy, we wish him a joyous 42nd birthday, honoring his remarkable achievements both as an athlete and a philanthropist. Happy birthday, Andre Johnson!

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