Longtime defensive tackle Tom Johnson retires

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Longtime defensive tackle Tom Johnson was out of football last year, and he decided to stay that way.

Via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Johnson said he’s officially retired now.

I’m old. I’m 35 years old,” he said. “I still have a little more juice. I want to be able to enjoy the rest of my life. I’ve done enough to be able to sustain a comfortable lifestyle.’’

Johnson climbed to the NFL through NFL Europe, the Arena League, and CFL.

He went onto play 116 games for the Saints, Vikings, and Seahawks. He said he had chances to play last year, but didn’t want to sign a minimum-wage deal.

4 responses to “Longtime defensive tackle Tom Johnson retires

  1. LOL

    He doesn’t want to work for “minimum wage”.

    For most of us, “minimum wage” is $10/hr or less. Minimum wage in the NFL is $495,000…half a million dollars.

    I’m glad that he made enough to retire.

  2. That’s awesome. A good story for those who get millions and end up wasting it. Inspiring for those with long odds to make it to the NFL.
    Best wishes in your retirement!

  3. Remembering the September 2018 waiver by Seattle after game 1 to clear a needed roster spot for week 2. (Report was they had a Plan was to bring him back week 3) But he signed two days later with Minnesota. That was the end of the innovative plan to release a vested veteran who didn’t need to go through waivers, so you could resign him days later. Hard lesson.

  4. They called him Sebastian Thunderbucket in Minnesota, because if he would have had a name like that, he’d have been a superstar. Just not going to happen with a name like Tom Johnson.

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