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Doug Johnson (American football)

Doug Johnson
No. 11, 12
Personal information
Date of birth: (1977-10-27) October 27, 1977
Place of birth: Gainesville, Florida
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school: Gainesville (FL) Buchholz
College: Florida
Undrafted in 2000
Debuted in 2000 for the Atlanta Falcons
Last played in 2004 for the Tennessee Titans
Career history
*Preseason and/or practice squad member only.
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2004
Pass attempts 384
Completions 218
Passing yards 2,600
Touchdowns 13
Stats at
Stats at

Doug Johnson, Jr. (born October 27, 1977) is an American former college and professional football player who was a quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for five seasons during the early 2000s. Johnson played college football for the University of Florida, and thereafter, he played professionally for the Atlanta Falcons and Tennessee Titans of the NFL.

Early years

Johnson was born in Gainesville, Florida in 1977.[1] He attended in Buchholz High School in Gainesville,[2] where he was a stand-out high school football and baseball player for the Buchholz Bobcats.

College career

Johnson accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he was a quarterback for coach Steve Spurrier's Florida Gators football team from 1996 to 1999.[3] Memorably, Johnson threw for 460 yards and seven touchdowns against the Central Michigan Chippewas in 1997, setting a Southeastern Conference (SEC) record for most touchdown passes in a game, and an NCAA Division I record for most touchdown passes in a half.[3] In three seasons as the Gators' principal starter, he threw for 7,114 yards, sixty-two touchdowns and thirty-six interceptions, completing 504 of 907 attempts, and was selected as a team captain as a senior.[3]
Year Comp Att Comp % Passing TD INT
1997 148 269 55.0 2023 21 12
1998 154 274 56.2 2346 19 8
1999 190 337 56.4 2574 20 13

Professional career

After graduating from Florida, Johnson was not selected in the 2000 NFL Draft, but signed with the Atlanta Falcons as a free agent. As an Atlanta Falcon in 2002, Johnson led the team to a 17–10 victory in a start against the New York Giants. In the game, Johnson completed 19 of 25 passes for 257 yards and one passing and one rushing touchdown. In four seasons with the Falcons, he started eleven games and passed for 2,600 yards.[4] He has since played three additional seasons, mostly as a back-up or practice squad quarterback for three different teams.[4] On September 1, 2007, he was released by the Cincinnati Bengals after playing the preseason as a backup to Carson Palmer.

Johnson was also a second-round draft pick in 1996 for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, playing as an infielder in their minor league system in 1996 and 1997 before suffering a rotator cuff injury and leaving to concentrate on football full-time.[5][6]

Football Outsiders uses the term called "the Doug Johnson Effect," referring to "part-time players who had a very good performance the previous season in only one or two games," as a caution against overvaluing NFL players for the next season.[7]

See also


  1. ^, Players, Doug Johnson. Retrieved April 17, 2011.
  2. ^, Players, Doug Johnson. Retrieved April 17, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 85, 98, 125, 127, 141–142, 146–148, 158, 162, 182 (2011). Retrieved August 29, 2011.
  4. ^ a b National Football League, Historical Players, Doug Johnson. Retrieved May 26, 2010.
  5. ^ Gil Brandt, " Getting to know Vick's replacement," (August 18, 2003). Retrieved November 13, 2006). Archived at [1] on May 6, 2007.
  6. ^ Chuck O'Donnell, " Franchise snapshot: Atlanta Falcons," Football Digest (November 2004). Retrieved November 13, 2004. Archived at [2] on October 30, 2006.
  7. ^ Football Outsiders - Glossary


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