Charles Johnson was an NFL defensive end. The Carolina Panthers signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2007 after he played football at Georgia. He set the Panthers club record for career sacks while playing for them.
Johnson was born July 10, 1986, in Hawkinsville, Georgia. Hawkinsville High School’s football, basketball, and track star.
He played football for Georgia after graduation. As a junior and senior, he started every game and was selected All-SEC First-team.
Johnson went undrafted in the 2007 NFL Draft after a stellar collegiate career. He joined the Carolina Panthers’ roster after training camp as an undrafted free agent. He started one of 16 rookie games and had 2.5 sacks.
Starting 11 games and earning 4.5 sacks in his second season, he improved. He started 13 games and recorded 11.5 sacks in 2009.
Johnson was an effective Panthers pass-rusher for many seasons. 2013 Pro Bowl and 2015 Second-team All-Pro.
Panthers salary cap difficulties forced Johnson’s 2016 release. After one season with the Minnesota Vikings, he was released.
He joined the Cleveland Browns but retired before the season. Johnson retired with 74.5 sacks, 384 tackles, and 11 forced fumbles.
Johnson retired to Georgia and founded the Charles Johnson Foundation to assist rural Georgia youngsters achieve in life via education, health, and wellness initiatives. He started a commercial and residential construction enterprise.
Charles Johnson Children: Does Charles Johnson Have Children?
At the time of his death, details about his children were kept private.