Andre Johnson retires

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Andre Johnson, the seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver who ranks in the Top 10 in NFL history in career receptions and receiving yards, has decided to call it a career.

Johnson is retiring today, the Titans have announced.

Although Johnson has played in all eight games for the Titans this year, he has been phased out of the offense and hasn’t caught a pass in the last three weeks. At age 35, he doesn’t have much left.

At his best, however, Johnson was among the NFL’s top receivers. He gained more than 1,500 receiving yards in three different seasons with the Texans despite often playing in otherwise subpar passing offenses.

Houston chose Johnson out of Miami with the third overall pick in the 2003 NFL draft. He spent 12 seasons with the Texans before signing with the Colts last year and the Titans this year.

Johnson will be a candidate for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2022.

53 responses to “Andre Johnson retires

  1. One of the best I loved watching him play and he is easily a HOF imagine his stats if the best QB of his career wasn’t Matt Schaub. Also never forget he destroyed Cortland finnegan.

  2. Congrats on a great career. 13,597 yds with Schaub, Carr and Fitzpatrick throwing him the ball, just amazing. Imagine what he might have done with a legit QB.

  3. You know he had the chance to catch on with NE 3-4 yrs ago,,might have helped his stats,,,catching from a HOF QB, like brady.

  4. There are six worthy Receiver candidates.. with more yards the Johnson NOT in the HOF….. Including T.O., Randy Moss and Issac Bruce….. Johnson may make the hall.. (I vote no)… but not anytime soon… and his 70 career TD’s…. abysmal.

  5. A great player. Sure seems like we’ve seen more than the usual number of in-season retirements this season.

  6. Nice career! Congrats on your retirement, and good luck in the future…..That said, why the hell are these guys ( ie Arian Foster also)…retiring mid year? Not the epitome of a team player. Not getting touches, so you up and retire? Smh…

  7. Glad he stuck it out in Houston instead of going somewhere the cheating culture would’ve tainted his legacy, ala New England.

  8. Very good player, kept his mouth shut, and quietly produced with some very average and lousy QBs. His best moment was when he beat the snot out of the loudmouthed Cortland Finnegan.

  9. Next to Calvin Johnson, this guy was the most prototypical ‘made in a lab’ freak when he came out of school. Big, physical, 4.3 speed with jumping ability, great hands. He was dedicated to keeping fit and for a decade he didnt drop off a bit. Such a shame he didnt get a chance to play for a winning franchise, but he can retire knowing he was one of the best ever and gave it all he had.

  10. Caught the game winner against Detroit this year. Got an accredited season, so he added to his annuity and 401k also. Smart move.

  11. Not sure if Andre Johnson’s numbers would have been better in New England. The Patriots offense isn’t as reliant on down field passing as say the Steelers or the Packers.

  12. At 70 touchdowns in the age of pass, pass, pass, I suppose he gets in, but maybe not when you consider receivers of the last fifteen years and where he fits in. You’ve got Randy Moss, Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Terrell Owens, Hines Ward, Reggie Wayne, Steve Smith, and Marvin Harrison. Guys out now who are better would include Julio Jones, AJ Greene, Antonio Brown, and Dez Bryant. Johnson probably gets in, but he’s in the same neighborhood as many others.

  13. ryder09 said:

    “Makes you think how much greater guys like Andre and Fitz could have been if they had a QB like Brady throwing to them.”

    At least Fitz (who I’m a fan of) has had Kurt Warner and Carson Palmer for a number of years. Imagine if Andre Johnson had those two instead of the Texans’ QBs.

  14. fugginswheat says:
    Oct 31, 2016 10:59 AM
    Nice career! Congrats on your retirement, and good luck in the future…..That said, why the hell are these guys ( ie Arian Foster also)…retiring mid year? Not the epitome of a team player. Not getting touches, so you up and retire? Smh…

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    So he’s not being a team player by letting another player have a chance to make an impact for the Team.?…

  15. Guy was a monster on a below-average team for a long time. Will never forget when he whooped that coward Finnegan’s butt. Thanks for the memories and many fantasy victories!

  16. Chuck Noll once said something along the lines of “If you’re even thinking about whether or not it’s time to retire, its time to retire.” Its only fair to yourself, your teammates, and your fans. If that happens to be midseason, so be it. Best wishes in retirement to a great player who did things the right way.

  17. He’ll go to Canton for sure @tylawspick6 even in an era of bloated passing stats he differentiated himself as one of the best within his era. We can’t blame the players for a philosophical shift in how Offense is played. Just like we can’t penalize Lynn Swann for putting up meager stats in a run first era.

  18. Tylawspick6 actually said:

    “In no way is this guy a HOFer. You Millennials are clueless.”

    Forty-eight-year-old Gen X’er who hates the Texans here. Um … Andre Johnson is a freaking shoe-in for the Hall of Fame.

  19. You know he had the chance to catch on with NE 3-4 yrs ago,,might have helped his stats,,,catching from a HOF QB, like brady.

    His stats show he didnt need Brady or Manning.

  20. He was the poor mans Calvin Johnson.

    My favorite AJ memory has to be when he laid out that annoying CB…what was his name

    Theres very little “poor man” about him. Is he as good as Johnson? no but Johnson played all but two years with Matt Stafford who is worlds better than anybody that Johnson played with.

    This guy was very very good to great but no one heard much of him cause his team was crap.

  21. Best wishes for you and your family in retirement Andre. Thanks for all the enjoyment you provided us while playing.

  22. A player at any position should be judged by where he stands (record wise) at the time of his retirement. Is he Top 5 in rec? yards? TDs? How does he compare to his contemporaries?

    Exactly! No way a HOFer.

    Andre is in the Hall of Very Good.

  23. dptbs77 says:
    Oct 31, 2016 11:25 AM
    fugginswheat says:
    Oct 31, 2016 10:59 AM
    Nice career! Congrats on your retirement, and good luck in the future…..That said, why the hell are these guys ( ie Arian Foster also)…retiring mid year? Not the epitome of a team player. Not getting touches, so you up and retire? Smh…

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    So he’s not being a team player by letting another player have a chance to make an impact for the Team.?…
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    Um, no he’s not….he ate up a fully guaranteed salary, that’s not coming off the books, he waits until the mid way point in the season, so now a roster spot is open, and a young WR has to come in and fully learn a new playbook? When will that player be ready to step in and help his team? How is that doing anything remotely helpful?

  24. Shows the amount of clueless people that post on here(which we knew anyway) and obviously never watched him play. Likely started watching football over the last 3 years at best.

    Andre was absolutely dominant. He will get in the HOF at one point or another. It is correct about there being quite the line of WRs for Canton though.

  25. As a Titan fan, he’ll be forever remembered as the guy that sucker punched Cortland Finnegan, and handing the Raiders the game on a pass interference.

  26. I don’t believe AJ’s success was limited because of the QB’s he played with.

    Wins? Yes. Receptions? No.

    Fact remains, they threw him the ball and he caught it. Is someone like Brady a better QB than what AJ played with? Absolutely! But even Tom couldn’t throw him the ball MORE than the other guys did.

    Enjoy retirement AJ!!

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