- Apr 11, 2009
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- Montclair, VA
Height: 6-1 Weight: 230 Age: 30
Born: 11/19/1979 Pomfret , MD
College: Penn State
Experience: 8th season
High School: State College HS [PA]
The Redskins have signed free agent running back Larry Johnson, the team announced on Friday.
Johnson is a big, bruising back who has compiled 6,219 rushing yards and 55 touchdowns and earned two Pro Bowl berths along the way.
He joins Clinton Portis, another two-time Pro Bowler, in the Redskins' backfield.
Johnson, who grew up in Pomfret, Md., called the signing a "dream come true." His father, Larry Johnson, Sr., played for the Redskins in 1974.
"Being from the Maryland area, grew up watching the Redskins," Johnson said during an interview at Redskins Park. "That's what was on the TV, the Redskins and Cowboys...There's just so much history. I used to go to their camps--Gary Clark, Art Monk, all of those guys were there.
"It's great to be in a city with all my family and friends and everybody I basically went to high school and college with that's still down here. So it's fun."
Johnson played seven-and-a-half seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs before he was released midseason last year. He joined the Cincinnati Bengals to close out the season.
Johnson entered the NFL as a first-round draft pick by the Chiefs in 2002.
He had his two best seasons in 2005-06, when he rushed for 1,750+ yards both seasons and totaled 37 touchdowns.
Johnson also has 154 catches out of the backfield for 1,373 yards and six TDs.