Former Steelers WR Charles Johnson Dead at 50. The former Pittsburgh Steelers first-round pick spent five years with the team.
Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Charles Johnson has died at the age of 50, according to North Carolina’s CBS 17 and confirmed by Johnson’s former teammates. The cause of death is still unknown.
Johnson was drafted 17th overall by the Steelers in 1994. He spent five years in Pittsburgh, recording 247 catches for 3,400 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Johnson also played with the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2000, New England Patriots in 2001 and Buffalo Bills in 2002. He broke into the coaching ranks afterwards and was currently the assistant athletic director at Heritage High School, according to CBS.
Our thoughts are with Johnson’s family and friends.
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Charles Johnson, a Super Bowl champion wide receiver who played nine seasons in the NFL, died at 50. Johnson’s cause of death is unknown, according to CBS 17 in Wake Forest, NC.
The California native was a first-round pick of the Steelers in 1994 and spent five seasons in Pittsburgh. He tallied a career-high 1,008 receiving yards during the 1996 season and ranks 16th all-time among Steelers receivers.
Johnson later played two seasons with the Eagles, hauling in seven touchdowns for the 2000 squad, which tied his career high. He was a member of the 2001 New England Patriots, the franchise’s first Super Bowl championship team.
Johnson caught two passes in the AFC Championship game win over the Steelers. Johnson’s playing days ended with the Buffalo Bills in 2002.
Johnson was the assistant athletic director at Heritage High School in Wake Forest.
“RIP Coach,” the team tweeted Tuesday morning. “You will be missed by so many, especially your Husky family.”
With 55 days remaining until the Steelers play the Bengals in Week 1, here's Charles Johnson catching a 55 yard TD pass from Kordell Stewart (@KSlash10) against the Ravens in 1998. #HereWeGo #Steelers #NFL pic.twitter.com/hJ7yTbv5ow
— Steelers Depot 7⃣🎃 (@Steelersdepot) July 18, 2022
Reuben Frank, who covers the Eagles for NBC Sports Philadelphia, tweeted Tuesday that he was “gutted” to learn of Johnson’s death.
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— Random Philly Athletes (@philly_athletes) July 20, 2022
“Great guy, tremendous personality, had been working as an assistant AD at a high school in North Carolina,” Frank tweeted.
— Heritage Huskies (@heritagehsfball) July 19, 2022