Former Houston Texans great and current Tennessee Titans receiver Andre Johnson is calling it quits on Monday at age 35. The team announced this morning that the star wide receiver told his teammates he would retire today after 14 spectacular seasons.
As you can imagine the news is a bit of a shock considering that Johnson has played the entire season for the Titans to this point and has been a somewhat productive player. At the point of his retirement, the receiver will finish the 2016 season with nine receptions for 85 yards and two touchdowns.
That being said, his 2016 pace is a far cry from the numbers the seven-time Pro Bowler is used to putting up, which may have made his decision easier. At one point while with the Texans, Johnson produced five straight 1,000+-yard seasons and in four out of the five he finished with more than 1,400 yards in the season.
Although the Titans, who signed Johnson this past offseason, are not happy to loss a veteran receiver in the thick of the season; they had nothing but well wishes for the veteran in a statement released about the retirement.
“Going back to his days at the University of Miami, Andre was one of the most impressive wide receivers I’ve scouted,” Titans General Manager Jon Robinson said in a statement Monday morning. “He had a professional approach to the game both on and off the field and in my opinion is one of the best to have played the game. I enjoyed getting to know and work with him in his time with our team. He certainly contributed to this team – making the game-winning catch at Detroit and his daily interaction with the young wide receivers. We wish him nothing but the best moving forward in whatever endeavors he chooses.”
Johnson’s career now ends with 1,062 career receptions for 14,185 yards and 70 touchdowns. He also holds just about every receiving record in Texans’ franchise history, so he certainly will have a strong case for the Hall of Fame when his time comes.