After becoming the 16th player in NFL history to reach 800 career receptions (total of 814) and the 26th player to reach 10,000 receiving yards (10,571 total yards), Keyshawn Johnson was traded to ESPN. Johnson finished his 11 year NFL career with 64 touchdowns and had played a total of 167 games. He played for the New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys and the Carolina Panthers.
Johnson played for the Panthers during the 2006 season where he caught 70 passes for 815 yards and four touchdowns.
Johnson had been approached by several times after being cut by the Panthers. These teams wanted Johnson's great talent to lead their teams in 2007, however, Johnson turned them down in order to have the opportunity to express his strong opinions on the ESPN stage.
Johnson expressed his happiness during his 11 year ride. He stated he had done everything he wanted in his career and that he just couldn't find one thing that could drive him back to playing football.
Johnson signed a multi-year contract and will appear on several ESPN telecasts, including pregame shows on Sunday and Monday nights, and he will do some radio as well.
The staff at AAA Sports Memorabilia wishes Johnson well in his new endeavor. If you have any fond memories, or even bad memories of Johnson's NFL career, please share them with us and our readers.