Derrick Johnson, a first round pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, is now a part of Kansas City Chiefs history. On Monday night, Johnson broke the team record for the most tackles of all time. Gary Spani, who had 999 tackles during his eight years with the Chiefs, formerly held the record.
Johnson spent the majority of last season out with a torn Achilles tendon and the majority of his 2009 season on special teams. Before the game against Green Bay on Monday, Johnson was only five tackles away from breaking the record. He recorded eight tackles in that game to officially become the new record holder. Johnson also currently holds the record for most tackles in a single season with 179 tackles in 2011.
Johnson played football for the Texas Longhorns from 2001–2004 under head coach Mack Brown. He was the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year during his senior season during which the Longhorns defeating the Michigan Wolverines to win the 2005 Rose Bowl. He is considered one of the most dominant linebackers in Longhorns history.
After breaking this franchise record, Johnson will likely be considered one of the Kansas City Chiefs’ greatest linebackers, too.