2003 NFL Draft
After twelve years as an outside linebacker in the NFL, Jarret Johnson (JJ) has announced that he is hanging up his cleats. This comes to no surprise as Johnson has already produced a spectacular tenure in the league and has decided to retire on a high note.
JJ spent his first nine seasons playing for the Baltimore Ravens. Taken in the fourth round (109th overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft by Baltimore, he made an immediate impact his rookie season. During his time with the Ravens, he racked up an impressive 382 total tackles, 20 sacks, 9 forced fumbles, and 3 interceptions. Following the 2011 season, Johnson then became a San Diego Charger.
The Bolts signed the veteran on March 14, 2012 to a four-year contract deal. Besides the knowledge of the game, he brought much more to Chargers Park. His athleticism was countless, however it was his skillset at the strong side “Sam” linebacker position that made him so valuable. His ability to call the blitz elevated the Chargers defense to a more effective and stealthy unit. Most importantly, Johnson could scrap, push, and breakaway from blocks which allowed him to pummel the running back to the ground. Johnson recorded 85 total tackles, 5.5 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles for the Bolts.
JJ was more than just a great player, he was an even better mentor and role model. He spent the last three years of his career with the Bolts and has made an everlasting impact on the young linebacker unit. Anyone can play a sport, but it’s what you can do for your teammates that make you invaluable. Current San Diego players took to Twitter to express their gratitude and appreciation for their teammate. Take a look below.
Even fans too took to Twitter to show their JJ fandom.
Johnson voiced his retirement on Instagram yesterday by saying “Today I am announcing my retirement from the game I love. I lived a dream which few can say but it’s time to move on. I want to thank the Chargers organization for giving me a home these past three years.”
Players like JJ will forever be missed on and off the football field by coaching staff and fans, but especially his teammates. On behalf of BoltBlitz.com, we would like to express our upmost respect for the talented linebacker and wish Jarret Johnson a very happy retirement. It’s certain that he will prosper in the next chapter of his life. Thank you again for the fire and passion you bring to the game we all have come to love.