Player Bio

Derrick Johnson
LB #56
Height:
6-3
Weight:
242
Age:
31
College:
Texas
Experience:
9

Quick Stats (2014):

TCKL
4
SCK
0.0
FF
0
INT
--
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 874 725 149 22.5 0 60 11 277 -- 70 3 20 7
2014 KC 1 1 4 4 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2013 KC 15 15 107 95 12 4.5 -- 6 2 44 22 41 0 0 2
2012 KC 16 16 125 110 15 2.0 -- 4 -- -- -- -- -- 3 --
2011 KC 16 16 131 104 27 2.0 -- 9 2 18 9 17 0 1 1
2010 KC 16 16 121 95 26 1.0 0 16 1 15 15 15 1 4 1
2009 KC 15 3 37 30 7 1.0 0 5 3 175 58.3 70 2 1 --
2008 KC 14 14 85 68 17 1.5 -- 6 1 7 7 7 0 4 --
2007 KC 16 16 94 83 11 4.0 -- 6 2 18 9 12 0 3 --
2006 KC 13 12 75 57 18 4.5 -- 3 -- -- -- -- -- 2 2
2005 KC 16 16 95 79 16 2.0 -- 5 -- -- -- -- -- 2 1
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 TEN L 10-26 4 4 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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Biography

How acquired:

Signed with Kansas City (3/25/10) ... Signed with Kansas City (7/31/05) ... Selected by Kansas City in the first round (15th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft.

NFL Career Highlights

  • 10th-year linebacker with Kansas City in 2014.
  • Three-time Pro Bowler (2011, 2012, 2013).
  • Named Defensive MVP of the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl.
  • Named first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press and earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl after setting a franchise record with 179 tackles (131 solo) in 2011.
  • Recipient of the Derrick Thomas Award as the Chiefs Most Valuable Player in 2011, as voted on by teammates.
  • Ranks third in team history with 981 tackles, and is just the fourth player in Chiefs annals to reach the 900-tackle plateau.
  • Wrote his name in the NFL’s record books, becoming just the third LB in NFL history to score two TDs on two INT returns in a single game in a 44-24 win at Denver (1/3/10).
  • Became just the fourth Chiefs player to score a pair of defensive TDs in a game and only the third to record a pair of INT return TDs in a single contest.
  • Racked up 175 return yards on three interceptions in 2009, the fourth-highest total in the league.
  • Earned the team’s prestigious Mack Lee Hill Award in 2005, an honor bestowed on Kansas City’s top rookie or first-year player.
  • Joined LB Derrick Thomas (D1-89) and LB Percy Snow (D1-90) as the third Butkus Award winner to play for the Chiefs.
  • Has played in 137 games (124 starts) with 981 tackles (776 solo), 62.0 tackles for loss, 22.5 sacks (-148.0 yards), 11 picks returned for  277 yards with three TDs, 58 passes defensed, 19 forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries, 52 pressures and 18 special teams stops.

College:

Appeared in 50 games (40 starts) at Texas, registering 458 tackles (281 solo), a school-record 65.0 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks and 10 interceptions returned for 199 yards with a touchdown ... Also had five fumble recoveries, 11 forced fumbles, 39 QB pressures and 30 passes defensed ... Was the first player in Longhorn annals to win the Butkus Award ... Earned the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the top collegiate defensive player in 2004 ... Opened all 12 games as a senior in 2004, finishing the year with a career-high 130 tackles (73 solo) and 2.0 sacks (-15.0 yards) ... Had an NCAA single-season record nine forced fumbles, breaking the previous mark of eight shared by Syracuse DE Dwight Freeney (2001) and Boise State S Quintin Mikell (2002) ... Also returned an interception for 18 yards, added eight passes defensed and 10 QB pressures ... Was a unanimous All-America and All-Big 12 selection ... Started 13 games at weakside linebacker in 2003 as a junior, leading the club with 125 tackles (78 solo) and 20.0 stops behind the line ... Also had 2.0 sacks (-10.0 yards), three fumble recoveries, a forced fumble, four interceptions returned for 92 yards with a touchdown, nine passes defensed and 10 QB pressures ... Started all 13 games as a sophomore in 2002 ... Ranked second on the club with 120 tackles (73 solo) ... Also had 2.0 sacks (-4.0 yards), 10 passes defensed, four interceptions for 85 yards and 10 QB pressures ... Was a first-team All-Big 12 selection ... Played in 12 games (two starts) in 2001 as a true freshman, ranking second on the squad with 83 tackles (57 solo) and fourth with 4.5 sacks (-29.0 yards) ... Added nine QB pressures, one interception, two fumble recoveries and three passes defensed ... Named Sporting News National Freshman of the Year ... Earned first-team Freshman All-America honors from Sporting News ... Chosen as the Big 12 Conference Co-Defensive Freshman of the Year ... Majored in Education.

Personal:

  • Registered 170 tackles (103 solo), 21.0 tackles for loss, 6.0 sacks, five forced fumbles and two interceptions, including one for a TD, as a senior at Waco High School in Waco, Texas.
  • Once produced a career-high 30 tackles and four forced fumbles in a single game.
  • Also lettered twice in basketball and ran a time of 10.5 seconds in the 100-meter dash.
  • Established the “King of the Field - The Derrick Johnson Foundation” in 2005 to help provide opportunities for youth to achieve in both academics and in the community.
  • “King of the Field Foundation” has paired with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, KaBOOM! and more than 200 volunteers to construct three playgrounds in Kansas City.
  • Serves as a spokesperson for Lift Up America, an organization that facilitates widespread compassion by providing gifts of food and comfort to our nation’s less fortunate.
  • Was named the 2007 Role Model of the Year by the children of the Greater Kansas City Boys & Girls Clubs. 
  • Brother, Dwight, played defensive tackle at Baylor (’96-99) and in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles (2000) and New York Giants (2002).
  • Cousin, Bert Emanuel, was selected in the second round (45th overall) by Atlanta in ’94 and played in the NFL as a wide receiver with Atlanta (’94-97), Tampa Bay (’98-99) and Miami (2000)
  • Cousin, Ben Emanuel, was a defensive back at UCLA (2000-04). He was a fifth-round selection (171st overall) of Carolina in the 2005 NFL Draft.
  • Cousin, Aaron Emanuel, was a standout running back at USC (’85-86, ’88-89).
  • Cousin, John Williams, was a defensive end at Oklahoma.
  • Cousin, Kevin Emanuel, was a defensive lineman at Florida State (2000-03).

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How acquired:

Signed with Kansas City (3/25/10) ... Signed with Kansas City (7/31/05) ... Selected by Kansas City in the first round (15th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft.

NFL Career Highlights

  • 10th-year linebacker with Kansas City in 2014.
  • Three-time Pro Bowler (2011, 2012, 2013).
  • Named Defensive MVP of the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl.
  • Named first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press and earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl after setting a franchise record with 179 tackles (131 solo) in 2011.
  • Recipient of the Derrick Thomas Award as the Chiefs Most Valuable Player in 2011, as voted on by teammates.
  • Ranks third in team history with 981 tackles, and is just the fourth player in Chiefs annals to reach the 900-tackle plateau.
  • Wrote his name in the NFL’s record books, becoming just the third LB in NFL history to score two TDs on two INT returns in a single game in a 44-24 win at Denver (1/3/10).
  • Became just the fourth Chiefs player to score a pair of defensive TDs in a game and only the third to record a pair of INT return TDs in a single contest.
  • Racked up 175 return yards on three interceptions in 2009, the fourth-highest total in the league.
  • Earned the team’s prestigious Mack Lee Hill Award in 2005, an honor bestowed on Kansas City’s top rookie or first-year player.
  • Joined LB Derrick Thomas (D1-89) and LB Percy Snow (D1-90) as the third Butkus Award winner to play for the Chiefs.
  • Has played in 137 games (124 starts) with 981 tackles (776 solo), 62.0 tackles for loss, 22.5 sacks (-148.0 yards), 11 picks returned for  277 yards with three TDs, 58 passes defensed, 19 forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries, 52 pressures and 18 special teams stops.

College:

Appeared in 50 games (40 starts) at Texas, registering 458 tackles (281 solo), a school-record 65.0 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks and 10 interceptions returned for 199 yards with a touchdown ... Also had five fumble recoveries, 11 forced fumbles, 39 QB pressures and 30 passes defensed ... Was the first player in Longhorn annals to win the Butkus Award ... Earned the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the top collegiate defensive player in 2004 ... Opened all 12 games as a senior in 2004, finishing the year with a career-high 130 tackles (73 solo) and 2.0 sacks (-15.0 yards) ... Had an NCAA single-season record nine forced fumbles, breaking the previous mark of eight shared by Syracuse DE Dwight Freeney (2001) and Boise State S Quintin Mikell (2002) ... Also returned an interception for 18 yards, added eight passes defensed and 10 QB pressures ... Was a unanimous All-America and All-Big 12 selection ... Started 13 games at weakside linebacker in 2003 as a junior, leading the club with 125 tackles (78 solo) and 20.0 stops behind the line ... Also had 2.0 sacks (-10.0 yards), three fumble recoveries, a forced fumble, four interceptions returned for 92 yards with a touchdown, nine passes defensed and 10 QB pressures ... Started all 13 games as a sophomore in 2002 ... Ranked second on the club with 120 tackles (73 solo) ... Also had 2.0 sacks (-4.0 yards), 10 passes defensed, four interceptions for 85 yards and 10 QB pressures ... Was a first-team All-Big 12 selection ... Played in 12 games (two starts) in 2001 as a true freshman, ranking second on the squad with 83 tackles (57 solo) and fourth with 4.5 sacks (-29.0 yards) ... Added nine QB pressures, one interception, two fumble recoveries and three passes defensed ... Named Sporting News National Freshman of the Year ... Earned first-team Freshman All-America honors from Sporting News ... Chosen as the Big 12 Conference Co-Defensive Freshman of the Year ... Majored in Education.

Personal:

  • Registered 170 tackles (103 solo), 21.0 tackles for loss, 6.0 sacks, five forced fumbles and two interceptions, including one for a TD, as a senior at Waco High School in Waco, Texas.
  • Once produced a career-high 30 tackles and four forced fumbles in a single game.
  • Also lettered twice in basketball and ran a time of 10.5 seconds in the 100-meter dash.
  • Established the “King of the Field - The Derrick Johnson Foundation” in 2005 to help provide opportunities for youth to achieve in both academics and in the community.
  • “King of the Field Foundation” has paired with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, KaBOOM! and more than 200 volunteers to construct three playgrounds in Kansas City.
  • Serves as a spokesperson for Lift Up America, an organization that facilitates widespread compassion by providing gifts of food and comfort to our nation’s less fortunate.
  • Was named the 2007 Role Model of the Year by the children of the Greater Kansas City Boys & Girls Clubs. 
  • Brother, Dwight, played defensive tackle at Baylor (’96-99) and in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles (2000) and New York Giants (2002).
  • Cousin, Bert Emanuel, was selected in the second round (45th overall) by Atlanta in ’94 and played in the NFL as a wide receiver with Atlanta (’94-97), Tampa Bay (’98-99) and Miami (2000)
  • Cousin, Ben Emanuel, was a defensive back at UCLA (2000-04). He was a fifth-round selection (171st overall) of Carolina in the 2005 NFL Draft.
  • Cousin, Aaron Emanuel, was a standout running back at USC (’85-86, ’88-89).
  • Cousin, John Williams, was a defensive end at Oklahoma.
  • Cousin, Kevin Emanuel, was a defensive lineman at Florida State (2000-03).

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