We’re counting down the 25 best former Texas athletes still competing in their sport. Each day we’ll reveal a new athlete.
No. 25 Derrick Johnson, football
Johnson is one of the greatest linebackers in Texas football history. Hailing from from Waco High School, Johnson was a Parade All-American and was part of a terrific recruiting class in 2001 brought in by head coach Mack Brown. He started as a freshman, piling up one of the best freshman linebacking seasons ever at Texas with 83 tackles, 4.5 sacks and 12 tackles for a loss. He finished his Texas career with 458 tackles, third all-time at Texas, 280 solo tackles, fourth all-time, 65 tackles for a loss, first all-time, and nine interceptions, the most for any Texas linebacker. He recorded 24 double-digit tackle games in his four-year career. He was a three-time All-Big 12 first team selection, two-time Consensus All-American, the 2004 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, the 2004 Dick Butkus Award winner and 2004 Bronko Nagurski winner. He finished his career with a 38-37 win in the 2005 Rose Bowl as Texas went 11-1.
Pro career: Derrick Johnson was taken No. 15 overall by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2005. Since then he’s been selected to four Pro Bowls, been named an All-Pro, recorded 1,152 career tackles and 27.5 sacks. He is the all-time leading tackler in Chiefs history.
Why he is here: Johnson would, without a doubt, be higher on this list if we knew he was still going to be active. Johnson has yet to officially retire and, at 35, he was recently let go by the Chiefs where he had spent his whole career.
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