Originally posted on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 6/4/12

In 1979 former NFL tight end, Eric Johnson, was birthed in Needham, MA. Fun fact, Needham has been a Coca-Cola bottling plant since 1986, and on top of that is a packaging plant for Trader Joe’s. Also a good-looking kid by the name of Phil Dec is from Needham, MA (feel free to comment if you know Phil Dec). Regardless of these irrelevant tid-bits, Eric Johnson went to Needham HS as well as Belmont Hill School, where he kicked ass in academics and football, earning him a spot on the Yale University Football team.

At Yale, Johnson played receiver and is arguably the best Yale has ever seen. In one particular career game Johnson caught 11 balls for 244 yards along with the game-winning touchdown. He went on to finish with 182 receptions for 2,144 yards and 23 touchdowns in his collegiate career; it is no surprise he broke 11 school records. Johnson was looking to get drafted, but was too slow to be a receiver with his 5 second 40. At 6-3 226, he added 22 pounds of muscle, increased his vert by 5 inches, and lowered his 40 time to 4.74 and became a tight end.

In the 2001 NFL Draft Eric Johnson was selected in the 7th round (224th overall) by the San Francisco 49ers. In his rookie season Johnson started every game and caught 40 receptions (from Jeff Garcia) for 362 yards and three touchdowns. He was 3rd on the team in receiving yards and touchdowns behind Terrell Owens and J.J. Stokes. In 2002 Johnson missed some time due to injury, but still managed to collect 36 receptions for 321 yards in 12 games. The 2003 season was completely missed by Johnson, but he rebounded stronger than ever the next year. Somehow with Tim Rattay and Ken Dorsey splitting the season Johnson caught a career-high, 82 receptions for 825 yards and two touchdowns. Unfortunately in 2005, Johnson missed a second full season forcing the Niners to cash in on tight end Vernon Davis in the NFL Draft. Johnson would go on to split-time with the future stud, and had more receptions and yards than him in 2006. In Johnson’s final season he left the Bay to go play for the New Orleans Saints where he caught 48 passes for 378 yards and 2 touchdowns.

The Saints released him in July 2008, and he failed to see the field again.

In his retirement Johnson hit the jackpot and is now with Jessica Simpson.

If somebody can turn this into a 30/30 please do.

-Schotz

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