Remembering Chris Johnson’s 2,000 Yard Season

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 29: Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans watches a replay during a game against the Houston Texans at LP Field on December 29, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans defeated the Texans 16-10. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)


With the NFL being in a stale part of the year right now following the Super Bowl, it is difficult to find any interesting news until the draft and free agency.

Some fans like to watch other sports or reminisce on their respective team’s last game before their season ended. Others may muse on YouTube for hours watching some of their team’s best highlights from the year.

This may be the case for some Titans fans as the Titans had a historic season by winning their first playoff game in over a decade. While there was a lot to celebrate this year for Titans fans, let’s look at some history of the organization that can be forgotten among the NFL ranks from time to time, Chris Johnson’s 2,000-yard season in 2009.

A Historic Accomplishment

Chris Johnson was drafted by the Tennessee Titans with the 24th overall selection in the 2008 NFL Draft. At the time, Johnson had the fastest 40-yard dash time ever recorded at the NFL Combine with a speed of 4.24 seconds.

Johnson wasted no time utilizing his speed as he rushed for 1228 yards in his rookie season with nine touchdowns.

However, Johnson really cemented himself on the NFL stage in 2009 when he became one of seven 2,000-yard rushers in NFL History. Johnson would finish his second season with 2,006 rushing yards, fourteen touchdowns and a stellar 125 rushing yards per game. Relive some of Johnson’s best moments below.


The video above is a little over eight minutes long, but it is well worth watching to remember CJ2K’s incredible season.

Perhaps one of the most interesting things about Johnson’s historic season was that the season did not go so well for the Titans as a whole. Tennessee was coming off of a 13-3 season and expected to have another stellar year in 2009 under Jeff Fisher. Instead, the Titans would begin the season with an 0-6 record before finishing 8-8. This puts Johnson’s 2,000-yard season into perspective as he was able to perform at such a high level on a somewhat average team.

Below is one of Johnson’s longest runs in the 2009 season to close out the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Titans first win of the season.

Forever Remembered

While Johnson did not have the smoothest exit with the Titans in 2014, he will always be remembered and respected in the Titans organization. For example, Running Back Derrick Henry paid homage to Johnson after one of his touchdown runs against the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2018 Wild Card Weekend.

Henry was fantastic down the stretch for Tennessee this year, but there is no denying any Titans fan would love to have Chris Johnson in his 2009 form if it were at all possible.

About Christian Wilkinson 25 Articles
My name is Christian Wilkinson and I am from McMinnville, Tennessee. I’m a sophomore at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and am undecided on a major. I love Tennessee sports, (Titans, Vols, Preds) & I also have been a Cleveland Cavaliers fan since I was old enough to watch.

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