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Tyrell Johnson
DB #24
Height:
6-0
Weight:
207
College:
Arkansas State
Experience:
6
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 53 126 100 26 0 0 10 2 0 0 -- 0
2012 DET 4 3 2 1 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2011 MIN 11 28 21 7 0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --
2010 MIN 7 7 5 2 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2009 MIN 15 57 48 9 0 -- 7 1 0 0 -- 0
2008 MIN 16 31 24 7 0 -- 2 1 0 0 -- 0

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Biography

TRANSACTIONS:
• Signed by the Detroit Lions as an unrestricted free agent on December 4, 2012.
• Released by the Miami Dolphins on August 25, 2012
• Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Miami Dolphins on April 5, 2012
• Released by the Minnesota Vikings on March 13, 2012
• Drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the second round (43rd overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft.

PRO
• 5th-year veteran safety who has started 24 of his 38 career games, including two starts in three playoff games.
• Started career-high 15 games during regular season and both playoff games in 2009.
• Was the only Vikings rookie to start a game in 2008, opening the first seven contests of the season opposite Darren Sharper in the defensive backfield in place of injure S Madieu Williams.
• The Vikings first draft pick in 2008 after trading the first-round pick (#17) as part of the Jared Allen deal With Kansas City. • Was the second safety taken during the 2008 NFL Draft.
• Career totals include 109 tackles (88 solo), two interceptions, 10 pass defenses, two tackles for loss and 14 special teams tackles.

2012: Played in four games with the Lions in 2012, finishing with three tackles (two solo).
Had two tackles (one solo) in Week 17 vs. Chicago (12/30).
2011: Played in 11 games (three starts), recording 25 tackles (19 solo) and two special teams tackles.
• Nearly tied his career high of eight tackles with a seven-tackle performance (five solo) vs. Oakland (11/20).
2010: Saw time in seven games (two starts).
• Started at Green Bay (10/24) and vs. Buffalo (12/5).
• Finished with three tackles (one solo) before being placed on injured reserve for final week of regular season.
2009: Started all 15 games he played during the regular season, including two playoff games. Stepped into full-time starters job opposite veteran Madieu Williams after serving as a part-time starter as a rookie in 2008. Helped the Vikings rank sixth in the NFL in total defense for the second straight season.
• Picked of QB Kyle Boller in the end zone at St. Louis (10/11).
• Had a season-high eight tackles at Chicago (12/28) on Monday Night Football.
• Missed game vs. Cincinnati (12/13) with a concussion, his first career game he was sidelined for.
2008: Played in all 16 games as a rookie, earning starts in the opening seven games.
• Tallied five tackles (four solo) in his first career playoff game vs. Philadelphia (1/4/09) in NFC Wild Card game.
• Recorded both of his takeaways on Monday Night Football at New Orleans (10/6), picking of QB Drew Brees and recovering a RB Reggie Bush fumble for seven yards.
• Led all Vikings DBs with a season-high eight tackles vs. Carolina (9/21) in just his third career game.
• Chipped in with 6 special teams tackles on the year.
• Started and played in his first career Monday Night Football game in the season opener at Green Bay (9/9) and recorded two tackles.

COLLEGE: Named Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2007 and earned All-SBC 1st-Team honors in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
• Made Freshman All-America team in 2004.
• Started all 46 games he played in at Arkansas State.
• Notched 13 career interceptions.
• Helped team to 2005 SBC title and a beth in the New Orleans Bowl.

PERSONAL: Earned his bachelor’s degree in management information systems (MIS) at Arkansas State.
• Mother, Patricia, was a track and field All-American at Arkansas.
• Given name is Marcellous Tyrell Johnson.
• Active with Fellowship of Christian Athletes and frequently speaks to youth and student groups.
• First NFL player from Rison High School in Rison, AR, a town of 1,300.

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