After only two seasons in the NFL Chris Johnson has nabbed the AP Offensive Player of the Year award with 38 ½ votes on Wednesday and then was announced today as being the only player to obtain a unanimous vote to the AP 2009 NFL All-Pro Team. When asked if he would like to match Earl Campbell and Marshall Faulk’s number of three consecutive Offensive Player awards, the second year pro was quoted as answering “Of course.”
Johnson also was able to take hold of a number of franchise records surpassing Hall of Famer Campbell. He also became the sixth 2,000-yard rusher in NFL History. Already looking ahead to his third season Johnson wants consecutive 2,000-yard rushing seasons and with that a shot to break Eric Dickerson’s single season record of 2,105. With Vince Young playing as his quarter back in his third season Johnson likes his chances.
Finishing the season with 11 straight 100-yard rushing games he’s three away from matching Barry Sanders’ record of 14. In six straight games he ran for at least 125 yards joining Campbell and Dickerson and became the first NFL player to run for three touchdowns of 85 yards or longer in a single season.
Maybe one day Chris Johnson will have his own Mitchell & Ness jersey and join Dickerson & Campbell in that arena as well!