Georgia Great And Longtime Carolina Panther Hangs Up The Cleats

Georgia Great And Longtime Carolina Panther Hangs Up The Cleats

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Georgia Great And Longtime Carolina Panther Hangs Up The Cleats


Former University of Georgia defensive end and longtime Carolina Panther Charles Johnson has officially announced his retirement from the NFL.

Johnson was taken in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Panthers, where he went on to a successful 11 year career with the club.

After playing sparingly in his first few seasons, Johnson eventually made a name for himself as one of the league’s most dominant ends, averaging 10.5 sacks from 2010 to 2014.

Ranking second-most in team history behind Julius Peppers, Johnson tallied 67.5 sacks in his career. His 20 career forced fumbles are also second-most behind Peppers’ 32.

Johnson, who came to Georgia in 2004 from the small town of Hawkinsville, Georgia, was an absolute star at UGA during his junior year in 2006, recording 9.5 sacks and 19 tackles for a loss. He also added 4 career forced fumbles and 1 touchdown in 2005.

In addition to football, Johnson also spent the majority of his career giving back to those less fortunate. Through his philanthropy, The Charles Johnson Foundation has provided numerous kids with scholarships to attend college. Furthermore, Johnson and his partners just recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of their 124-unit affordable housing development in Columbia, S.C.

Congratulations to Charles Johnson on a successful NFL career, and best wishes for a happy retirement.

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