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Robert Johnson
SS #32
Height:
6-2
Weight:
206
College:
Utah
Experience:
3

Biography

PRO: Robert Johnson has spent three years with the Titans since he was a fifth-round draft choice in 2010.  He played in a career-best 12 games in 2012 before suffering a season-ending foot injury in early December.  The former Utah Ute spent the majority of 2011 on the practice squad before being called up to the 53-man roster during the final month of the campaign.  The rangy, ball-hawking safety was inactive for all 16 contests as he studied the defense as a rookie.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
•    In 2012, Johnson played in a career-high 12 games and posted 13 tackles and his first career interception.
•    An All-Mountain West Conference performer as a senior at Utah, Johnson spent three seasons with the Utes after transferring from L.A. Southwest College.
•    Despite playing only three seasons at Utah, Johnson tied for fifth in school history with 13 career interceptions.

TITANS TIDBITS:  
•    During the 2012 offseason, Johnson spent time in Pennsylvania working out with short track speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno, snowboarder Louie Vito and Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Stevenson Sylvester.  Johnson and Sylvester were teammates at Utah and got connected with Ohno’s athletic trainer, John Schaeffer.  
•    When he was just six years old, Johnson and his family were forced to confront a terrible tragedy when his father, Wayne, was shot and killed in a robbery.  Johnson says ultimately it made his family stronger and credits his mother, Wanda, with persevering through the loss.
•    Johnson, who himself did not own a car when he was drafted by the Titans, said in the aftermath of the draft that one of his first goals as a pro would be to earn enough to get his mother a reliable car.
•    Johnson, who graduated with a sociology degree in December 2009, is interested in becoming a SWAT team member or FBI agent when his playing career is finished.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:  
•    The Los Angeles, Calif., native was selected by the Titans in the fifth round (148th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.
•    Released by the Titans on Sept. 3, 2011 and signed to the team’s practice squad a day later.
•    Signed by the Titans to their active roster from the practice squad on Dec. 14, 2011.

COLLEGE:
•    In three seasons at Utah, Johnson played in 37 games with 31 starts at free safety, including all 13 games as a senior.  He left the school ranked tied for fifth in school history with 13 career interceptions, and his 172 career interception return yards ranked ninth in team history.  He added 155 tackles, five tackles for loss, 26 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
•    As a senior (2009), was a first-team All-Mountain West Conference selection who started all 13 games at free safety.  Finished second in the conference and tied for 11th in the nation in interceptions per game (0.46), and his six interceptions tied for the third-most in a season by a Ute.  Led Utah and tied for second in the MWC in passes defended with 12 (six interceptions, six additional pass breakups).  His 139 yards on interception returns tied for the eighth-highest total in a season by a Ute. Led the secondary and finished fourth on the team with 70 tackles.  
•    As a junior (2008), played in 12 games with 11 starts and totaled 41 tackles, four interceptions and three pass breakups. All four interceptions came against ranked opponents (two vs. Alabama, one vs. TCU and one vs. BYU).  Contributed to Utah becoming only unbeaten FBS team and to team’s No. 2 final AP ranking and No. 4 final coaches ranking.
•    As a sophomore (2007), played in 12 games with seven starts at free safety, earning honorable mention All-MWC.  Forced a team-high five turnovers (three interceptions and two forced fumbles) and totaled 44 tackles.
•    At L.A. Southwest College (2006), earned honorable mention junior college All-American honors in addition to All-Conference, All-District and All-State awards.  Totaled 96 tackles, five interceptions, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.
•    Graduated with bachelor’s degree in sociology from Utah in December 2009.
•    Also ran track for L.A. Southwest College, clocking 21.65 in 200m and 47.52 in 400m events and posting a 6’8” high jump.

PERSONAL:  
•    Splits time between Nashville and Los Angeles with his son, Aaden.
•    As a senior at Fremont (Calif.) High School, was named to L.A. Times 2005 All-Region team.  Named 2005 Defensive Co-Player of the Year in the Coliseum League.
•    Also earned three letters in track and basketball, earning All-District honors with the high school basketball team.
•    Was a member of Utah’s Student-Athlete Mentors (SAMS) program.
•    He is the fourth of seven children in his family.  His brothers are Hasayn Bailey, Wayne Johnson, Elijah Johnson and Charlie Winters.  His sisters are Kawana Johnson and Michele’ Winters.  Elijah played wide receiver for L.A. Southwest College.  
•    Follow Johnson on Twitter at @RobertJohnson32.
•    List of favorites: (movie) “Old School”; (TV show) “Family Guy”; (actor/actress) Will Smith, Angelina Jolie; (music artist) Ludacris; (school subjects) history; (author) John Steinbeck; (video game) Call of Duty; (food) pasta; (sports hero) Bo Jackson; and (sports teams as a child) L.A. Lakers.
•    Born Robert Lee Johnson on Feb. 13, 1987 in Gardena, Calif.

PRO: Robert Johnson has spent three years with the Titans since he was a fifth-round draft choice in 2010.  He played in a career-best 12 games in 2012 before suffering a season-ending foot injury in early December.  The former Utah Ute spent the majority of 2011 on the practice squad before being called up to the 53-man roster during the final month of the campaign.  The rangy, ball-hawking safety was inactive for all 16 contests as he studied the defense as a rookie.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
•    In 2012, Johnson played in a career-high 12 games and posted 13 tackles and his first career interception.
•    An All-Mountain West Conference performer as a senior at Utah, Johnson spent three seasons with the Utes after transferring from L.A. Southwest College.
•    Despite playing only three seasons at Utah, Johnson tied for fifth in school history with 13 career interceptions.

TITANS TIDBITS:  
•    During the 2012 offseason, Johnson spent time in Pennsylvania working out with short track speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno, snowboarder Louie Vito and Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Stevenson Sylvester.  Johnson and Sylvester were teammates at Utah and got connected with Ohno’s athletic trainer, John Schaeffer.  
•    When he was just six years old, Johnson and his family were forced to confront a terrible tragedy when his father, Wayne, was shot and killed in a robbery.  Johnson says ultimately it made his family stronger and credits his mother, Wanda, with persevering through the loss.
•    Johnson, who himself did not own a car when he was drafted by the Titans, said in the aftermath of the draft that one of his first goals as a pro would be to earn enough to get his mother a reliable car.
•    Johnson, who graduated with a sociology degree in December 2009, is interested in becoming a SWAT team member or FBI agent when his playing career is finished.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:  
•    The Los Angeles, Calif., native was selected by the Titans in the fifth round (148th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.
•    Released by the Titans on Sept. 3, 2011 and signed to the team’s practice squad a day later.
•    Signed by the Titans to their active roster from the practice squad on Dec. 14, 2011.

COLLEGE:
•    In three seasons at Utah, Johnson played in 37 games with 31 starts at free safety, including all 13 games as a senior.  He left the school ranked tied for fifth in school history with 13 career interceptions, and his 172 career interception return yards ranked ninth in team history.  He added 155 tackles, five tackles for loss, 26 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
•    As a senior (2009), was a first-team All-Mountain West Conference selection who started all 13 games at free safety.  Finished second in the conference and tied for 11th in the nation in interceptions per game (0.46), and his six interceptions tied for the third-most in a season by a Ute.  Led Utah and tied for second in the MWC in passes defended with 12 (six interceptions, six additional pass breakups).  His 139 yards on interception returns tied for the eighth-highest total in a season by a Ute. Led the secondary and finished fourth on the team with 70 tackles.  
•    As a junior (2008), played in 12 games with 11 starts and totaled 41 tackles, four interceptions and three pass breakups. All four interceptions came against ranked opponents (two vs. Alabama, one vs. TCU and one vs. BYU).  Contributed to Utah becoming only unbeaten FBS team and to team’s No. 2 final AP ranking and No. 4 final coaches ranking.
•    As a sophomore (2007), played in 12 games with seven starts at free safety, earning honorable mention All-MWC.  Forced a team-high five turnovers (three interceptions and two forced fumbles) and totaled 44 tackles.
•    At L.A. Southwest College (2006), earned honorable mention junior college All-American honors in addition to All-Conference, All-District and All-State awards.  Totaled 96 tackles, five interceptions, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.
•    Graduated with bachelor’s degree in sociology from Utah in December 2009.
•    Also ran track for L.A. Southwest College, clocking 21.65 in 200m and 47.52 in 400m events and posting a 6’8” high jump.

PERSONAL:  
•    Splits time between Nashville and Los Angeles with his son, Aaden.
•    As a senior at Fremont (Calif.) High School, was named to L.A. Times 2005 All-Region team.  Named 2005 Defensive Co-Player of the Year in the Coliseum League.
•    Also earned three letters in track and basketball, earning All-District honors with the high school basketball team.
•    Was a member of Utah’s Student-Athlete Mentors (SAMS) program.
•    He is the fourth of seven children in his family.  His brothers are Hasayn Bailey, Wayne Johnson, Elijah Johnson and Charlie Winters.  His sisters are Kawana Johnson and Michele’ Winters.  Elijah played wide receiver for L.A. Southwest College.  
•    Follow Johnson on Twitter at @RobertJohnson32.
•    List of favorites: (movie) “Old School”; (TV show) “Family Guy”; (actor/actress) Will Smith, Angelina Jolie; (music artist) Ludacris; (school subjects) history; (author) John Steinbeck; (video game) Call of Duty; (food) pasta; (sports hero) Bo Jackson; and (sports teams as a child) L.A. Lakers.
•    Born Robert Lee Johnson on Feb. 13, 1987 in Gardena, Calif.
 
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 15 19 13 6 0 0 1 1 0 2 -- 2
2012 TEN 12 19 13 6 0 -- 1 1 0 2 2 2
2011 TEN 3 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2010 TEN 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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