Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Charles Johnson has died at age 50. His death was announced by his employer, Heritage High School in Wake Forest, South Carolina. His cause of death has not been released.
Johnson, a standout receiver at Colorado, was picked 17th overall by the Steelers in the 1994 NFL draft. He spent five seasons in Pittsburgh, having the best season of his career in 1996 when he tallied 1,008 yards on 60 catches. He also scored a career-high seven touchdowns in 1998, which would be his final season with the Steelers.
With 55 days remaining until the Steelers play the Bengals in Week 1, here's Charles Johnson catching a 55 yard TD pass from Kordell Stewart (@KSlash10) against the Ravens in 1998. #HereWeGo #Steelers #NFL pic.twitter.com/hJ7yTbv5ow
— Steelers Depot 7⃣ (@Steelersdepot) July 18, 2022
He joined the Philadelphia Eagles in 1999, spending two seasons playing for Andy Reid, who also joined the Eagles in 1999 as a first-time head coach. Johnson started all 16 games in 2000, ending the season with 56 catches and seven touchdowns, tying his career best. He moved on to the New England Patriots in 2001, where he won his first and only Super Bowl alongside young quarterback Tom Brady. Johnson joined the Buffalo Bills in 2002 for what would be his final NFL season.
Philadelphia Eagles (1999-2000) pic.twitter.com/qzlacP9gBR
— Random Philly Athletes (@philly_athletes) July 20, 2022
Over Johnson's nine-year career, he caught 354 passes for 4,606 yards and 24 touchdowns in 133 games.
Johnson, a native of San Bernardino, California, spent the last several years as the assistant athletic director at Heritage High School in Wake Forest, where he was surrounded by fellow NFL retirees. Dewayne Washington, who played for the Steelers from 1998 to 2003, serves as the head coach of the football team. Torry Holt and Willie Parker, who both played for the Steelers in the 2000s, are Washington's assistants.
— Heritage Huskies (@heritagehsfball) July 19, 2022
— Steelers Depot 7⃣ (@Steelersdepot) July 20, 2022
— Bob Pompeani (@KDPomp) July 20, 2022
Gutted to hear of former Eagles WR Charles Johnson's death.
C.J. played nine NFL seasons and spent 1999 & 2000 with the Eagles. Great guy, tremendous personality, had been working as an assistant AD at a high school in North Carolina.
He was only 50.https://t.co/9cAErSxyqs
— Reuben Frank (@RoobNBCS) July 20, 2022