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83-Steelers-43
05-23-2007, 01:24 PM
Johnson turns down Titans, will retire
ESPN.com news services

Keyshawn Johnson has declined an offer from the Tennessee Titans and has decided to retire.

The wide receiver, who also expected to receive an offer from the Oakland Raiders, is expected to announce his decision at a Wednesday afternoon news conference at his alma mater of USC, his agent, Jerome Stanley, told ESPN.com's John Clayton.

Johnson will pursue a broadcasting career with ESPN.

"Following Keyshawn's retirement announcement we plan an announcement on his joining ESPN," the network said Wednesday.

"The timing of it was just right," Stanley said of Johnson's decision. "There were a couple of slots open in broadcasting. He was either going to retire this year or next year, but the timing just turned out to be right now."

Johnson, who turns 35 in July, was released by the Carolina Panthers earlier this month after the Panthers drafted Southern California wideout Dwayne Jarrett. He had 70 catches for 815 yards and four touchdowns for Carolina in 2006.

Johnson, the No. 1 pick in the 1996 NFL draft, has started 162 of 167 games in his 11 NFL seasons that spans stints with Carolina, Dallas, Tampa Bay and the New York Jets. He retires with 814 career receptions for 10,571 yards and has 64 touchdowns.

He worked as an analyst on ESPN's televised coverage of the the NFL draft last month.

Johnson had visited the Titans on Friday and met with coaches and watched film. Titans coach Jeff Fisher, who became friends with Johnson while he played at USC and Johnson was a ball boy, said Monday he thought Johnson's numbers and production spoke for themselves.

"He still played at a high-level last year. He takes very good care of himself," Fisher said. "He hasn't had any injuries per se. Anytime you get a chance to bring an experienced veteran in to add to your roster then it's a good thing."

But Johnson decided to leave the field for the broadcast booth -- though he was coy about his plans.

"Out of respect for the announcement I plan to make, I just want to wait until the press conference for everyone to find out," Johnson told The Associated Press. "If there's a lot of rumors and stuff out there, that's fun."

ESPN.com senior writers Michael Smith and John Clayton and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2879994

rbryan
05-23-2007, 01:55 PM
This is a good example of why todays players act like they do. Johnson, who was an above avg player, is known mainly for his me me, bad attitude. Leave it to ESPN to give this guy a job. He'll fit in nicely over there, probably taking that crack head Irvins spot. (You know Irvin must have really Screwed up this time if ESPN cut him loose right before his Hall of Fame induction) Keyshawn certainly won't have a problem talking about himself for hours on end. I'll bet ESPN can't wait for TO to retire.

83-Steelers-43
05-23-2007, 02:04 PM
This is a good example of why todays players act like they do. Johnson, who was an above avg player, is known mainly for his me me, bad attitude. Leave it to ESPN to give this guy a job. He'll fit in nicely over there, probably taking that crack head Irvins spot. (You know Irvin must have really Screwed up this time if ESPN cut him loose right before his Hall of Fame induction) Keyshawn certainly won't have a problem talking about himself for hours on end. I'll bet ESPN can't wait for TO to retire.

Granted, ESPN hires these idiots, but somebody was watching Irvin every week. ESPN did not fire Irvin because of lack of ratings, but because the guy is a complete bum.

Somebody will be watching Keyshawn Johnson every week. So while ESPN does deserve some of the blame, the people who watch scumbags such as Michael Irvin are not helping matters.

fansince'76
05-23-2007, 02:08 PM
Somebody will be watching Keyshawn Johnson every week. So while ESPN does deserve some of the blame, the people who watch scumbags such as Michael Irvin are not helping matters.

Guess I'm in the clear - I refuse to watch that network with the exception of a Steelers game being broadcast on it.

83-Steelers-43
05-23-2007, 02:10 PM
Guess I'm in the clear - I refuse to watch that network with the exception of a Steelers game being broadcast on it.

I'm right there next to you.

Livinginthe past
05-23-2007, 03:46 PM
Anyone think this is the type of retirement that might become a Seau-type 'graduation' if the right player gets injured in TC and the right team comes calling with enough money?

There seems to be a definite lack of WR talent in the NFL at this time.

tony hipchest
05-23-2007, 03:50 PM
with enough $$$ offered he could be lured back. titans were pretty stupid for lowballing him.

rbryan
05-23-2007, 04:42 PM
He seems awfully happy with his new TV gig, way more camera time.

MACH1
05-23-2007, 05:14 PM
And he'll have a new book 'Just give me the damn mic'

MasterOfPuppets
05-23-2007, 07:36 PM
And he'll have a new book 'Just give me the damn mike'

mic......:coffee:

83-Steelers-43
05-23-2007, 09:20 PM
mic......:coffee:

On point. Wow. Hella job MOP... ;)

tony hipchest
05-23-2007, 09:53 PM
http://nfl.com/news/story/10193878 Key closes one door, opens another


By Pat Kirwan
NFL.com Senior Analyst

(May 23, 2007) -- I had the pleasure of being involved in the drafting of Keyshawn Johnson and the satisfaction of watching him play at a high level for a long time. He played with great passion, which occasionally got him in trouble with a coach or teammate, but no one can question his toughness or love of the game.

He leaves football, probably two years too early. And if he were to suit up this year, he would probably do what he does best; move the chains for a first down 45 to 50 times, make a number of downfield blocks to spring a long gain and look crooked at the head a coach a few times when he thought the play-calling wasn't daring enough or forgot about him for a series or two. A lot of what 'Key' did on the field doesn't always show up on the stats page, but it was the stuff a very good football player is made of.

I think one of his finest performances over his 11-year career was in Tampa Bay's Super Bowl win over the Raiders. It wasn't his tough catches in traffic or his downfield blocking, which was always good, but it was his blocking on the Raiders defensive ends to spring Michael Pitman on the dip/toss runs, especially to the Bucs' left side. Johnson was a wide receiver who would go in motion and on the snap of the ball seal the flank with a physical block on the defensive end that would have made Vince Lombardi proud. Not many wideouts could take on the challenge of smacking a 275-pound defensive end over and over again to set up control of the line of scrimmage. Of course, what always stole the headlines during Johnson's stay in Tampa Bay was his conflicts with head coach Jon Gruden and defensive tackle Warren Sapp. I prefer to watch the gametapes and leave the gossip for someone else to diagnose.

Bill Parcells was just what the doctor ordered for Johnson's personality. Johnson wasn't a boyscout with Parcells, but there was mutual respect because both believed the other helped them win. Parcells once told a teammate of Johnson in Dallas, "I can trust Johnson on the field."

Johnson leaves the game with a few impressive accomplishments and his 814 receptions for 10,571 yards and 64 touchdowns only tells a part of the story. He moved the chains 552 times in those 814 receptions, which is 67 percent of the time Johnson created a first down with his reception. Johnson rarely ran a 10-yard round when it was third-and-11. He knew where the chains were and he made sure he was over that line before the reception. He also was tough and could take a hit. In 167 games, he only lost a fumble twice and he took a number of big hits.

Finally, Johnson leaves the game as a bit of a controversial character. He didn't care for being at the facility all offseason during his career. He'd much rather spend his time at home with his family. He probably voiced his opinion too often during a losing game and he hated to lose especially if he didn't get the 'damn ball' enough. But what else would you expect from any player. Leaving will not be easy, but he has a real future in the media world and it's better a year early than a year late for a 35-year-old competitor. So there goes No. 19 and I will always remember my son, Sean, going down to the equipment room at the N.Y. Jets when 'Key' signed his contract and coming back with the only No. 19 Jersey left. There are a lot of high school, college and professional receivers still wearing that number.