All-time Texas great Derrick Johnson named to the College Football Hall of Fame

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Eric Gay/AP/Shutterstock (10375638a) Former Texas football player Derrick Johnson visits the Frank Denius Family University of Texas Athletics Hall of Fame, in Austin, Texas. Displays honor all 55 of Texas’ National Championship teams, 599 conference team titles, hundreds of individual national champions, 171 Olympians at 21 Olympiads, academic All-Americans and other scholastic honorees, as well as the traditions and tales that encompass the history of Longhorns Texas Hall of Fame, Austin, USA – 30 Aug 2019

All-time Texas great Derrick Johnson named to the College Football Hall of Fame

Derrick Johnson played at Texas from 2001-2004. The all-time great linebacker was a consensus All-American twice and was named the 2004 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. He also won the Butkus Award as college football’s best linebacker and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, given to the nation’s best defender.

Johnson was a dynamic playmaker who was key to the Longhorn resurgence led by head coach Mack Brown. Over his Texas career, Johnson recorded 458 tackles to rank third all-time in the Longhorn record book. 

A first-round draft pick by the Kansas City Chiefs, Johnson played in the NFL from 2005-2018 and finished his Pro Bowl career as the Chiefs leading tackler. 

Johnson currently serves low-income and inner-city youth with his Defend the Dream Foundation, which he founded in Austin to help improve libraries and elementary schools.

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