Chris Johnson

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East Carolina University
Tennessee Titans



Considered the fastest man in professional football, Chris Johnson had a season for the record books. He set the NFL record for yards from scrimmage (2,509) and became only the sixth player in history with a 2,000-yard rushing season. He is the first NFL player to finish with at least 2,000 yards rushing and 500 receiving (503). And he became the first player to run for three TDs of 85 yards or longer in a season; no NFL player had even done that in a career. A second-year pro, Johnson was nominated for six FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week awards in 2009, winning twice. He led the NFL with 97 total first downs and ranked second among non-kickers in scoring with 98 points. Johnson earned his second consecutive Pro Bowl berth and became the first Titan to be named AP 2009 NFL Offensive Player of the Year. He was also a unanimous choice for the AP All-Pro team. Chris Johnson, known for setting huge goals for himself, will start next season with a streak of eleven 100-yard rushing games; Barry Sanders holds the record with 14 in 1997. And no one has ever rushed for 2,000 yards twice in a career. Titans coach Jeff Fisher says it would be unwise to bet against Johnson setting that precedent, too. Titans fans have a lot to look forward to.

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