Larry Johnson at the 2006 Xbox Fall Showcase
|Kansas City Chiefs — No. 27|
|Date of birth: November 19, 1979|
|Place of birth: La Plata, Maryland|
|Height: 6 ft 1 in (1. The Kansas City Chiefs are a professional American football team based in Kansas City Missouri. In team Sports the squad number, shirt number, jersey number, sweater number, or uniform number is the Number A running back ( RB) is the position of a player on an American or Canadian football team who usually lines up in the offensive backfield. Events 1095 - The Council of Clermont, called by Pope Urban II to discuss sending the First Crusade to the Holy Land Year 1979 ( MCMLXXIX) was a Common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1979 Gregorian calendar) La Plata is a town in Charles County, Maryland, United States. A foot (plural feet or foot; symbol or abbreviation ft or sometimes &prime – the prime symbol) is a non-SI unit Inches redirects here To see the Les Savy Fav album see Inches. 85 m)||Weight: 230 lb (100 kg)|
|National Football League debut|
|2003 for the Kansas City Chiefs|
|College: Penn State|
|NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Selected NFL statistics|
(through Week 17 of the 2007 NFL season)
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Larry Alphonso Johnson, Jr. A touchdown is the primary method of scoring in American and Canadian football. (born November 19, 1979 in La Plata, Maryland), often called L. Events 1095 - The Council of Clermont, called by Pope Urban II to discuss sending the First Crusade to the Holy Land Year 1979 ( MCMLXXIX) was a Common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1979 Gregorian calendar) La Plata is a town in Charles County, Maryland, United States. J. , is an American football running back for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. American football, known in the United States and Canada simply as football, is a competitive Team sport known for mixing strategy with A running back ( RB) is the position of a player on an American or Canadian football team who usually lines up in the offensive backfield. The Kansas City Chiefs are a professional American football team based in Kansas City Missouri. The National Football League ( NFL) is the largest professional American football league. He was drafted by the Chiefs 27th overall in the 2003 NFL Draft. The 2003 National Football League Draft took place on April 26–27 2003 He played collegiately at Penn State. College football is American football played by teams of student athletes fielded by American universities, Colleges and military academies Penn State Nittany Lions football is a College football program that competes in NCAA Division I-A and the Big Ten Conference.
Johnson is the oldest of three children, born to Christine and Larry Johnson, Sr. His father, Larry Johnson, Sr., is a former high school vice-principal, a legendary high school football coach, and the current defensive line coach at Penn State University. Larry Johnson (born Williamston North Carolina) is an American football coach currently serving as defensive line coach at Penn State University The Pennsylvania State University (commonly known as Penn State) is a state-related, land-grant, space grant public research University 
During his senior year for the State College Little Lions, Johnson rushed for 2,159 yards and 29 touchdowns. State College Area High School is the only public high school in the State College Area School District.  Johnson also recorded 31 tackles and 7 sacks as a Defensive End for the Little Lions. 
Johnson attended Penn State University where in 2002, he rushed for over 2,000 yards in a season without winning the Heisman Trophy, despite doing so with fewer carries than any other running back in the exclusive 2,000 yard club. The Pennsylvania State University (commonly known as Penn State) is a state-related, land-grant, space grant public research University Johnson's 8. 02 yards per carry broke 1983 Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier's NCAA record for highest average per carry over the course of the regular season. Michael Rozier (born March 1, 1961 in Camden New Jersey) is a former American collegiate and professional football Running back Remarkably, Johnson broke the Penn State record for rushing yards in a game three times in 2002. His 257 yards in a 49-0 home thrashing of Northwestern broke Curt Warner's previous record of 256 yards set against Syracuse in 1981. Curt Warner (born March 18, 1961 in Pineville West Virginia) is a former American football player a Running back. Syracuse University (SU is a private research university located in Syracuse, New York. Johnson then went on to rack up 279 yards in an 18-7 home win against Illinois and 327 yards in a 58-25 road win against Indiana. Johnson surpassed the 2,000 mark by gaining 279 yards on just 19 attempts in the Nittany Lions' final Big Ten conference game against Michigan State. Michigan State University ( MSU) is a co-educational public Research university in East Lansing, Michigan USA. Fans in attendance at Beaver Stadium that day were mesmerized as Johnson gained all 279 of his rushing yards in the first half; he was kept on the bench for the entire second half of the game out of respect for the over-matched opponent.
Penn State fans were outraged when Johnson did not win the 2002 Heisman Trophy, leading many of them to believe that the snubbing of the undefeated 1994 team in the national championship balloting and Johnson in 2002 evidenced a media-bias against Penn State. Others believe that Penn State's failure to hype and promote Johnson's Heisman campaign in 2002 had more to do with his failure to take home the Heisman Trophy than any media bias against Penn State. Penn State coach Joe Paterno emphasizes the team over individual players and does not allow Penn State to engage in Heisman Trophy marketing campaigns for his players. Joseph Vincent Paterno (born December 21, 1926, in Brooklyn New York) nicknamed JoePa, is the head coach of Pennsylvania State University's
Johnson, however, did win the Doak Walker Award (top running back), the Maxwell Award (top college player), and Walter Camp Award (top college player) after his impressive 2002 season. Named after the SMU and Detroit Lions football player Doak Walker, the Doak Walker Award, first awarded in 1990 The Maxwell Award is presented annually to the collegiate American football player adjudged by a panel of Sportscasters Sportswriters and The Walter Camp Award is given annually to the collegiate American football player adjudged by a group of National Collegiate Athletic Association
He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Arts from Penn State in 2002. The Pennsylvania State University (commonly known as Penn State) is a state-related, land-grant, space grant public research University See also 2002 (disambiguation Year 2002 ( MMII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar.
Johnson was drafted in the first round with the 27th overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft as insurance for the Chiefs, who were not sure if Priest Holmes would be healthy or even sign a contract extension. The NFL Draft is an annual Sports draft in which NFL teams select newly-eligible players for their rosters Priest Anthony Holmes (born October 7, 1973 in Fort Smith Arkansas) is a former American football Running back of the National Johnson was drafted over the objection of coach Dick Vermeil, who wanted to select a defensive player. Richard Albert Vermeil (born October 30, 1936) is a former American Head coach for the National Football League 's Philadelphia
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The conflicts between Johnson and Vermeil grew, and in 2004 Vermeil said that Johnson needed to grow up and "take the diapers off. " Johnson took great offense to this comment, and the public estrangement led to rumors that he would be traded. However, towards the end of the 2004 season, Johnson got an opportunity to start after injuries to Priest Holmes and Derrick Blaylock. Priest Anthony Holmes (born October 7, 1973 in Fort Smith Arkansas) is a former American football Running back of the National Derrick Blaylock (born August 23, 1979) is an American football Running back in the National Football League who is currently a He became the first player to begin his career rushing for 150 yards in each of his first three games.
Facing the same situation in 2005, with Blaylock gone and Holmes having gone down with a season-ending neck injury in early November, Johnson stepped up, and on November 20 against the Houston Texans ran for a Chiefs' record 211 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Events 284 - Diocletian was chosen as Roman Emperor. 762 - Bögü Khan of the Uyghurs, The Houston Texans is a professional American football team based in Houston, Texas. He led the league in rushing yards and touchdowns after the injury to Holmes.
At the end of the 2005 regular season, Johnson had nine consecutive games with 100+ rushing yards, passing the 100 yard mark in every start for the Chiefs that season and earning a Pro Bowl berth. In professional American football, the Pro Bowl is the All-star game of the National Football League (NFL  During the final game of the 2005 regular season, Johnson set a new franchise record of 1,750 rushing yards in one season, despite not starting 7 games during the season. In addition to his running ability, Johnson was an adept receiver. In 2005, Johnson caught 33 balls for 343 yards, averaging over 10 yards per reception. Johnson was also named the 2005 MVP of the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs' record in 2005 was 10-6, not making the playoffs in spite of a winning record.
With injuries limiting Holmes during the last two seasons, Johnson began the 2006 season as Kansas City's featured back. He rushed for 1,789 yards (second in the league) on 416 carries, an NFL record for most carries in a season. The Chiefs would make an appearance in the playoffs with a 9-7 record, where Johnson ran for a lowly 30 yards on 13 carries against the Indianapolis Colts. The Indianapolis Colts are a professional American football team based in Indianapolis Indiana. At the conclusion of the season, Johnson would make his second Pro Bowl appearance for his efforts.
On June 21, 2007 Johnson stated that he was willing to sit out the Chiefs' training camp unless he and the Chiefs reach an agreement on a new contract. Events 524 - Godomar, King of the Burgundians defeats the Franks at the Battle of Vézeronce. On July 22, rumors spread about the elite running back possibly being traded to the Green Bay Packers. Events 1099 - First Crusade: Godfrey of Bouillon is elected the first Defender of the Holy Sepulchre of The Kingdom of The Green Bay Packers are a professional American football team based in Green Bay Wisconsin. The initial asking price was a first- second- and third-round pick.  However, on August 21, Johnson and the Chiefs' agreed to a five-year contract extension that locks Johnson with the Chiefs through the 2012 season. Events 1192 - Minamoto Yoritomo becomes Seii Tai Shōgun and the De facto ruler of Japan.  As a result of this extension, Johnson is now the highest-paid running back in the NFL based on average salary per year. His new contract covers six years and will pay him $45 million, with $19 million in guaranteed money - the biggest contract in Chiefs history.
In week 9 of the 2007 regular season, Johnson would be sidelined late in the 4th quarter against the Green Bay Packers with a foot injury. The Green Bay Packers are a professional American football team based in Green Bay Wisconsin. The injury would prove to be season ending; as Johnson did not see any playing time in the rest of the 2007 season and was placed on the injured reserve.  Johnson would end the season with 559 yards on 158 attempts and only 3 rushing touchdowns. 
|2003||20||85||4. 3||1||1||2||2. 0||0|
|2004||120||581||4. 8||9||22||278||12. 6||2|
|2005||336||1,750||5. 2||20||33||343||10. 4||1|
|2006||416||1,789||4. 3||17||41||410||10. 0||2|
|2007||158||559||3. 5||3||30||186||6. 2||1|
|Total||1050||4,764||4. 5||50||127||1219||9. 6||6|
Johnson and his father, Larry, Sr., maintain a very close relationship, as Johnson has referred to his father as his "best friend" in several interviews. Larry Johnson (born Williamston North Carolina) is an American football coach currently serving as defensive line coach at Penn State University Johnson's brother and manager, Tony Johnson, was a starting wide receiver for Penn State from 2000-2003. For other uses see Tony Johnson (disambiguation. Tony Johnson is a former American football Wide receiver. A wide receiver is an offensive position in American and Canadian football In 2007, Johnson appeared in Fantasia's music video for the song When I See U. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Fantasia Monique Barrino (born June 30, 1984) or simply Fantasia, is an American R&B / soul singer and Broadway " When I See U " is a Grammy-nominated R&B song recorded by Fantasia, written by Sam Watters, Louis Biancaniello, Kevin Risto Waynne Johnson would also make an appearance in Jay-Z's music video "Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)...". Shawn Corey Carter (born December 4 1969 better known as Jay-Z, is an American Rapper and former CEO of Def Jam Recordings and Roc-A-Fella "Roc Boys (And the Winner Is" is the second single from Jay-Z 's tenth Studio album, American Gangster. Also in 2007, Johnson was subject to controversy when he released a video of himself on Myspace rapping. 
Johnson is known for flashing "The Roc" symbol (also known as the "Diamond Cutter") whenever he scores a rushing touchdown. This symbol is made with both palms facing out and touching both thumbs together and both index fingers together. Interestingly, the symbol also resembles his initials L. J. Recently Johnson signed a contract with the Team Roc clothing line founded by Jay-Z. Rocawear is an urban clothing label created in 1995 by Jay-Z and Damon Dash. Shawn Corey Carter (born December 4 1969 better known as Jay-Z, is an American Rapper and former CEO of Def Jam Recordings and Roc-A-Fella  The first appearance of this gesture was after he scored a touchdown in a game on December 4, 2005 (which also happens to be Jay-Z's birthday). "December 4th" redirects here For the song by Jay-Z, see December 4th (song. Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar.
|Doak Walker Award|
|Walter Camp Award|
|Kansas City Chiefs starting running back|