Gus Johnson (American football)

Gus Johnson (born August 10, 1993) is an American football running back who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Stephen F. Austin State University.

Gus Johnson
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Johnson in 2016
Free agent
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1993-08-10) August 10, 1993 (age 27)
Gilmer (TX)
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Gilmer (TX)
College:Stephen F. Austin
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at

Early yearsEdit

Johnson attended Gilmer High School, before moving on to Stephen F. Austin State University, where he was a three-year starter at running back.

As a senior, he set the school's and conference single-season rushing record rushing record with 1,683 yards. With his 23 rushing touchdowns, he tied the single-game school record with 4 rushing touchdowns against Incarnate Word and set the school single-season record for points in a season (138). He also left as the school's record in career rushing yards (3,907), career rushing touchdowns (51) and career total touchdowns (52).[1]

Professional careerEdit

Oakland RaidersEdit

After going undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft, Johnson signed with the Oakland Raiders on May 8, 2015.[2] On May 11, 2015, he was waived by the Raiders.[3]

Dallas CowboysEdit

Johnson received a tryout invitation for the Dallas Cowboys minicamp. On July 28, 2015, he was signed to improve the team's depth, after running back Ryan Williams was released.

Because of injuries to top running backs Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar, he was forced into taking the majority of the reps in practice and in games.[4] He had a good preseason, starting the first and fourth games respectively, finishing as the team's rushing leader (37 carries for 139 yards and 2 touchdowns) and earning the nickname "Gus the Bus".[5]

On September 5, he was waived and signed to the practice squad three days later.[6] He was cut on September 17,[7] only to be re-signed to the practice squad five days later.[8] He was released on October 20.

Atlanta FalconsEdit

On October 27, 2015, the Atlanta Falcons signed Johnson to the practice squad.[9] On August 27, 2016, Johnson was waived by the Falcons.[10]

San Diego ChargersEdit

On August 29, 2016, the San Diego Chargers claimed Johnson off waivers to replace Branden Oliver, who tore his Achilles tendon in the third preseason game.[11] On September 3, 2016, he was released by the Chargers.[12]

Second stint with the FalconsEdit

On September 5, 2016, the Atlanta Falcons signed Johnson to their practice squad.[13] On September 13, he was released from their practice squad.

Second stint with the ChargersEdit

On December 27, 2016, Johnson was signed to the Chargers' practice squad.[14]

Pittsburgh SteelersEdit

On January 11, 2017, Johnson was signed to the Steelers' practice squad.[15] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Steelers on January 24, 2017.[16] He was released by the Steelers on May 2, 2017.[17]


  1. ^ "Johnson Signs With Oakland Raiders". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  2. ^ "Raiders announce undrafted free agent signings". May 8, 2015. Archived from the original on September 15, 2017. Retrieved September 26, 2016.
  3. ^ "Raiders reportedly sign talented, but troubled, Michael Dyer". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  4. ^ "Gus Johnson feels the good, bad of Cowboys preseason". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  5. ^ Phillips, Rob. "Cowboys Sign 5 More To Practice Squad, Including Gus Johnson, WR Mayle". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  6. ^ "Cowboys add more to practice squad, including WR Vince Mayle". September 8, 2015. Retrieved September 30, 2015.
  7. ^ Eatman, Nick (September 17, 2015). "Practice Report: Romo Returns, Collins Getting Work; Weems Back; RB Cut". Retrieved September 30, 2015.
  8. ^ Phillips, Rob (September 22, 2015). "Terrell McClain Placed On Injured Reserve; RB Added To Practice Squad". Retrieved September 30, 2015.
  9. ^ Choate, David (October 27, 2015). "Report:Falcons add former Cowboys RB Gus Johnson to Practice Squad". Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  10. ^ "Falcons Trim Roster to 75 Players". August 27, 2016.
  11. ^ Henne, Ricky (August 29, 2016). "Chargers Waive Six; Claim RB Gus Johnson". Retrieved August 29, 2016.
  12. ^ Henne, Ricky (September 3, 2016). "Chargers Cut Down Roster to 53". Archived from the original on September 3, 2017.
  13. ^ "Falcons Sign Johnson, Olatoye to Practice Squad". September 5, 2016.
  14. ^ Henne, Ricky (December 27, 2016). "Bolts Make Trio of Running Back Transactions".
  15. ^ Chester, Simon A. (January 11, 2017). "Steelers sign RB Gus Johnson to practice squad".
  16. ^ "11 players signed to Reserve/Future contracts". January 24, 2017. Archived from the original on September 12, 2017.
  17. ^ "Steelers release four players". May 2, 2017. Archived from the original on May 8, 2017. Retrieved May 3, 2017.

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