Ex-Browns, Texans RB Johnson retires from NFL

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Running back Duke Johnson announced his retirement Sunday after playing eight seasons in the NFL.

Drafted in the third round by the Cleveland Browns in 2015 out of the University of Miami, where he became the school’s all-time leading rusher, Johnson played for four NFL teams. He last played in the league in 2022, when he appeared in a game for the Buffalo Bills.

8 Years 4 teams with 1 goal in mind, create a better life for my family,” he posted to Instagram. “I never dreamed of being the all time leading rusher of my dream school or being somewhere on the list of all time players to come out of South FL. I just wanted an opportunity to play a game to provide a better life for my family and I was able to do just that. I want to thank each team for giving me the chance to play and represent your organization and all the fans that supported me through the highs and lows.”

He added: “Last but DEFINITELY NOT LEAST, I want to thank my GOD for allowing me to take this journey and end it in the same health I started it in. With that being said I’m officially retiring from the NFL. I hope I left a greater impression on y’all that’s bigger than football.”

Johnson, 30, finishes his career with 5,135 total yards and 23 touchdowns for the Browns, Houston Texans, Miami Dolphins and Bills. He is the University of Miami’s top career rusher, with 3,519 yards.

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