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For Johnson, Size Matters

Posted on 04. Jan, 2010 by FSM Staff in NFL

For Johnson, Size Matters

Running backs in the NFL have what Arnold Schwarzenegger would call a “raw deal”. They are handed a leather oblong and are told to beat eleven men of various shapes and sizes down an unforgiving field of grass and turf. Gaining 1,000 yards rushing in an NFL season may be common these days, but it is definitely still something to applaud. Gaining 2,000 yards rushing in a single NFL season is by no means common and deserves more than clapping. A 2,000 yard season can be considered legendary and at the very least requires a standing ovation. In fact, if you see a 2,000 yard rusher pass you by on the street, it would be perfectly acceptable to bow down right then and there. Only six players in the history of the NFL have ever achieved this great feat. The latest is Tennessee Titans running back Chris “Sonic the Hedgehog” Johnson and he was the first one to do it since 1984.

What makes Johnson’s accomplishment of 2,006 yards extra impressive is his small size. Not small for most people of course, but small for a running back who is trying to rush for 2,000 yards. Chris Johnson stands around 5’11” and weighs about 200 lbs. This is not exactly the ideal size for a running back who runs the ball as much as Johnson does. To get some perspective, one can compare him to NFL great Eric Dickerson (the last player to rush for over 2,000 yards). Dickerson stood 6’3” and weighed in the area of 220 lbs. Dickerson’s body was much more equipped to take a beating from the beasts in the NFL. Johnson was nicknamed after a hedgehog for a reason and it wasn’t because he is the size of an elephant.

While Johnson fell short of breaking Eric Dickerson’s single season rushing record of 2,105 yards, he did succeed in breaking Marshall Faulk’s yard from scrimmage record. Johnson piled up 2,509 total yards from the line of scrimmage passing Faulk at the 2,429th yard. In what can be described as an odd season for the Titans (starting 0-6 then finishing the season 8-2), Chris Johnson was definitely a bright spot. The fans in Tennessee have something to look forward to as Johnson has stated he still plans on breaking Dickerson’s single season rushing record next year.

I’ll end by giving Sonic the Hedgehog a standing ovation. Even though nobody is watching, I urge that you do the same. Chris Johnson is a hard worker and an asset to the NFL. He has love for the game and understands that he is part of something bigger than himself. Some would have taken all the credit after a 2,000 yard season. Johnson instead chose to give his linemen Rolex watches in appreciation of their efforts.

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