Andre Johnson, a seven-time Pro Bowler, retired from the NFL on Monday. Johnson, 35, was in the midst of his 14th season. He spent 12 years with the Houston Texans before playing for the Colts in 2015 and the Titans in 2016.
Johnson had just nine catches for 85 yards in eight games for Tennessee this season, but he will be remembered as one of the greatest receivers of his era.
“Well, I can tell you right now: He was a quiet killer,” NFL on CBS analyst Solomon Wilcots said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “This guy was phenomenal in terms of a competitor. I heard someone this week compare him to Jerry Rice, and I remember when he did it in the middle of his career: He became the only player other than Jerry Rice to lead the league in back-to-back years in receiving yards, hitting home run after home run on what was essentially an expansion team.”
Indeed, Johnson led the NFL in receiving yards in 2008-09, compiling 1,575 and 1,569 yards, respectively. He remains the Texans all-time leader with 1,012 catches for 13,597 yards and 64 touchdowns.
“He was the one go-to guy on that team that carried them every single week,” Wilcots said. “Everyone knew he was getting the ball. He still was able to possess it and make big plays despite not having maybe a prolific receiver on the other side or great quarterbacks or even (playing) for a great organization. I think he’s going to be the first Hall of Famer for the Houston Texans – and rightfully so. He truly was one of the greatest receivers this game has ever seen.”
He was also one of the most humble.
“In the age of the diva – where you had Chad Johnson or Ocho Cinco or whatever and T.O. – this guy was quiet and classy every single Sunday,” Wilcots said. “He deserves a place in Canton, and there’s no doubt in my mind we’re going to see him put on a gold jacket.”