David "D.J." Johnson is a tight end for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who selected him with the 241st pick in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Johnson played four seasons at Arkansas State. Johnson is 6-feet, 2-inches tall and weighs 250 pounds.
Prep Career
Johnson played baseball and football at Pine Bluff High School in Pine Bluff, AR. As a senior for the Zebras he caught 20 passes and two touchdowns, despite being used primarily as a blocker.
College Career
Johnson played in all 12 games as a true freshman for the Red Wolves, but did not catch a pass. As a sophomore, he became Arkansas State's starting tight end, finishing fourth on the team with 13 receptions for 200 yards. He had a 62-yard touchdown reception in the second-to-last game of the season against Troy, his first career TD catch. Johnson had only 10 receptions as a junior, but made the most of them, racking up 204 receiving yards and three touchdowns. His best game came against Louisiana-Lafayette, when he caught three passes for 93 yards and two touchdowns, one of which was an 84-yard score. As a senior, Johnson nearly matched his receiving totals from the previous three seasons combined. He finished 2008 with 22 receptions for 356 yards and five touchdowns. The five scores tied Ladarius Green for the most by a Sun Belt tight end. Johnson was a second team All-Sun Belt selection. After the 2008 season, Johnson was invited to participate in the 2009 East-West Shrine Game. He was the first Arkansas State player to play in the Shrine Game since Corey Walker in 1996.
NFL Career
Johnson was selected in the seventh round (241st overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Before the 2009 season, he signed a three-year contract with Pittsburgh.