Johnson was a tight end at Cal Poly who caught 109 passes for 1,632 yards and 10 touchdowns in his four-year Mustang career, twice earning Western Football Conference first-team honors. Johnson is No. 8 in career catches and No. 9 in career receiving yards.
He was drafted in the sixth round by the Los Angeles Rams in 1985 and played for seven seasons, catching 132 passes for 1,015 yards and 18 touchdowns. In 1988, his best season, Johnson caught 42 passes for 350 yards and six scores, including three touchdowns in a Sunday night win over the San Francisco 49ers.
A graduate of Santa Monica High School, Johnson majored in social science at Cal Poly from 1981-85 and, following his pro football career, earned his bachelor’s degree in history at Long Beach State in 2001. He also obtained his preliminary and clear education specialist credential at Cal State Fullerton in 2011.
Johnson has worked as a special education specialist at Garden Grove High School since 2012 and also has served as a minister at the Santa Monica Church of Christ for the last three years.