About Penn State Nittany Lions Autographed Helmets
Bryant Andrew Johnson is a professional football player for the Detroit Lions in the NFL. He originally played for the Arizona Cardinals when he was drafted by the team in the 2003 NFL Drafts. He also played at some point with the San Francisco 49ers.
He went to the Baltimore City College high school where he was an all-around athlete excelling not only in football but also in basketball and track. He was part of the all-state first-team and was Offensive Player of the Year at the 1998 Baltimore Touchdown Club. In the same year, Johnson helped steer his track team to victory at the Penn Relays.
During his college career, he was a star wide receiver for the Penn State Nittany Lions football team. He was a starter during his last two years at school and became the sixth player in the team history to catch more than 100 passes. His 2,008 career receiving yards record is the second best all-time record for the team. He graduated in 2005 with a degree of Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the Pennsylvania State University.
After being drafted by the Cardinals in 2003, Johnson played third option receiver/slot receiver, a position he played for three years. He played alongside Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald. When the season ended that year he made a total of 35 passes, third overall receptions made by a rookie with fellow rookie Boldin topping the list. In 2006, he was able to make a touchdown off a 5-yard pass of Kurt Warner at the University of Phoenix Stadium. During his five-year stay with the team he made a total of 210 passes for 2675 yards plus 9 touchdowns.
In 2008, he played for the San Francisco 49ers where he signed a 1-year deal march of that year. He was able to make 45 receptions for 546 yards as well as three touchdowns. That was his fifth continuous season making 40+ receptions.
Then in 2009, after finishing his contract with the 49ers, Johnson signed a 3-year contract with the Detroit Lions amounting to $9 million dollars.