Chris Johnson Should Be Considered for the Hall of Fame

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Chris Johnson is without a shadow of a doubt one of the greatest Tennessee Titans of all time. In six seasons in the Music City, Johnson amassed 7,965 rushing yards and 2,003 receiving yards (9,968 total yards). He scored 58 touchdowns as a Titan, and is most famous for his 2009 campaign that yielded 2,006 rushing yards. The elusive 2,000+ yard season.

He went on to play for the New York Jets for a season before landing in Arizona for the past three seasons. When the Cards acquired Adrian Peterson from New Orleans, they released Johnson. So, now – here he sits. A free agent.

He’s hinted that he wants to come back to the Titans…

None of us know how much CJ2K really has left in the tank. But, it’s not like his services would be useless, right? I don’t think there’s a chance at all that he’s actually reunited with the Titans, but it raised an interesting thought.

Johnson has had one of the more underrated NFL careers. Six straight 1,000+ rushing yard seasons and that mind-numbing 2009 season made him one of the most electric players of the era.. Props to our own Smokey for pulling all of this information:

Chris Johnson’s NFL Records

*Only player in NFL history with a touchdown of 50 yards, 60 yards, and 90 yards, in one game. A 57-yard rush, a 69-yard reception, and a 91-yard rush (Week 2 against the Texans, 2009).

*Most total scrimmage yards in one single season: 2,509 (2009)

*Most total scrimmage yards in one month: 968 (November 2009)

*Only player in NFL history with six touchdown runs of over 80 yards. No other player has more than four.

*Only player in NFL history to run for three 80-yard touchdown runs in a single season on more than one occasion (2009, 2012).

*First player in NFL history with six consecutive games of 125+ rushing yards and a 5.0+ yards per carry average in each of those games (Breaking Jim Brown’s record set in 1958 of five consecutive games).

*In 2009, he became the first player in NFL history with at least 1,900 rushing yards and 400 receiving yards in the same season.

*In 2009, he became the first player in NFL history with at least 1,900 rushing yards and 50 receptions in the same season.

*With his three touchdown runs of 85 or more yards in 2009 (91, 89, 85), and one in 2012 (94), he is the only player in NFL history to register four career touchdown runs of 85 or more yards. No other player has more than two such career touchdown runs.

*Rushed for more than 100 yards in 12 consecutive games (10/18/09 – 9/12/10), which ranks second in NFL history (Barry Sanders, 14).

Tennessee Titans Franchise Records

*Most rushing yards in a single season: 2,006 (2009)

*Longest rushing play: 94 (tied)

That’s a damn good resume. Hell, I watched all six of those seasons and didn’t even realize Johnson has accomplished all of those things.

But, the stats and records don’t do it justice. In his six-year prime, Johnson was phenomenal to watch. He was a threat to score at any given moment. The dude was so fast he could hit Jacksonville from Nashville by nightfall. Just amazing stuff.

If he can get to that 10,000 rushing yard mark, the talk might get a little more serious. But, if we’re going to put in Terrell Davis because he won Super Bowls, why can’t we put in Chris Johnson?

Stoney Keeley is the Editor in Chief of The SoBros Network. He is a strong supporter of Team GSD and #BeBetter. “Big Natural” covers the Tennessee Titans, Alabama Crimson Tide football, the WWE, and a whole wealth of nonsense. Follow on Twitter @StoneyKeeley

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