David Johnson



Experience: 4 years

Height: 6-1

Age: 26

Weight: 224 lbs

College: Northern Iowa


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Recent Games

1 @Lions L 23 - 35 11 23 2.1 6 0 6 67 11.2 24 0 2 1

Career Stats

RB FB Career

2015 Arizona Cardinals 16 5 125 581 4.6 8 36 457 12.7 55 4 4 1
2016 Arizona Cardinals 16 16 293 1239 4.2 16 80 879 11 58 4 5 3
2017 Arizona Cardinals 1 1 11 23 2.1 0 6 67 11.2 24 0 2 1
TOTAL 33 22 429 1843 3.63 24 122 1403 11.63 58 8 11 5



·       The Cardinals third-round selection (86th overall) in the 2015 NFL Draft out of Northern Iowa, Johnson has played in all 33 games (22 starts) during his first three NFL seasons.

·       Despite missing the final 15 games of the 2017 season due to a wrist injury, his 33 career TDs are five more than any other player in franchise history through their first three seasons. Has 33 TDs in his first 33 career games. Only seven players in NFL history had more TDs in their first 33 career games: RB Jim Brown (38), RB Gale Sayers (38), RB Eric Dickerson (37), RB Abner Haynes (37), RB Edgerrin James (37), RB Marcus Allen (35) and RB Clinton Portis (34).

·       Earned first-team All-Pro honors (AP, PFWA, Sporting News, Pro Football Focus) and was named to his first Pro Bowl after leading the NFL and establishing a new franchise single-season record with 2,118 scrimmage yards (1,239 rushing; 879 receiving) in 2016. Also led the NFL and set a franchise record with 20 TDs in 2016, including a franchise record 16 rushing TDs. Named the team MVP by the local PFWA chapter.

·       In addition to setting a franchise record for TDs (20) in 2016, he also set a franchise rookie record with 13 TDs in 2015.

·       In 2016, became one of just four players in NFL history with at least 1,200+ rushing yards and 800+ receiving yards in a season and just the seventh player since the 1970 merger to lead the NFL in both scrimmage yards and TDs in a season.

·       In 2016, Johnson became the first player in NFL history to post 100+ scrimmage yards in each of the first 15 games of a season. His 15 games with 100+ scrimmage yards tied Barry Sanders (1997) for the most in NFL history in a single season.

·       His 11 multi-TD performances between 2015-16 tied for the most in NFL history in a player’s first two seasons. His eight multi-TD performances in 2016 tied for third-most in NFL history in a single season.

·       Is the only player in Cardinals history with 100+ rushing yards and three or more rushing TDs in a games multiple times in their career. Became the first player since Adrian Peterson (two such games as a rookie in 2007) to accomplish the feat in their first two NFL seasons.

·       Led all NFL running backs in receptions (80) and receiving yards (879) in 2016.

·       His 1,239 rushing yards in 2016 mark the fifth-best single-season total in franchise history.

·       Has been named NFC Offensive Player of the Week twice (Weeks 5 & 13 in 2016); NFC Special Teams Player of the Week once (Week 2 in 2015); NFC Offensive Player of the Month once (October of 2016); NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month once (Dec./Jan. of 2015).

·       Became the first Cardinals running back selected to the Pro Bowl since Johnny Johnson in 1990. Also became the first Northern Iowa player selected to the Pro Bowl since former Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner in 2008 and just the third Pro Bowler ever from that school (LB Bryce Paup).

·       In 2015, he totaled 1,636 all-purpose yards (581 rushing yards, 457 receiving yards, 598 kickoff return yards), becoming just the fourth player in NFL history to post 500+ rushing yards, 400+ receiving yards, 500+ kickoff return yards and 13+ TDs in a season, joining Timmy Brown (1962), Gale Sayers (1965) and Maurice Jones-Drew (2006).

·       Is the only player in NFL history with a rushing TD, receiving TD and kickoff return TD in his first two career games. Johnson had a 55-yard TD reception in Week 1 win vs. New Orleans and then recorded a 108-yard kickoff return TD and a 13-yard TD run at Chicago in Week 2. His 108-yard return on the game’s opening kickoff in Chicago marked the longest TD in franchise history and is tied for the second-longest play in NFL history.

·       Just the second Northern Iowa player ever selected by the Cardinals, joining T Brandon Keith, who was taken in the seventh round (225th overall) in 2008.

·       While at UNI, Johnson earned his way on the Dean’s List twice for having a GPA of 3.5 or above and was a 3.0 honoree for multiple semesters. Johnson worked full-time jobs all four summers while in school. He worked on a crew removing asbestos his first summer and he worked 5:30 AM to 2:00 PM every day over the final three summers as a maintenance man in the school dorms.