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Jaymar Johnson

Jaymar Johnson at the Vikings 2008 Training Camp.
No. 11     Minnesota Vikings
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: July 10, 1984 (1984-07-10) (age 25)
Place of birth: Gary, Indiana
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 176 lb (80 kg)
Career information
College: Jackson State
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 6 / Pick: 193
Debuted in 2009 for the Minnesota Vikings
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
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Jaymar Johnson (born July 10, 1984 in Gary, Indiana) is an American football wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Vikings in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Jackson State.


Early years

Johnson was born on July 10, 1984 in Gary, Indiana. As a kid, he won seven Pop Warner trophies and his nickname was "Double-J".[1]

As a senior in high school he was named All-State, All-Area and All-Conference.[2]



As a teenager, Johnson left his aunt's home in Gary with his nephew and was caught in the crossfire of a gun battle about 100 yards from his location.[3][4]

A few years later during a pickup basketball game, Johnson fled with his cousins and later discovered his t-shirt had been grazed by a bullet.[3][4]

College career

Johnson attended Jackson State University and debuted for the Tigers against Alabama State and future teammate Tarvaris Jackson.[5] As a junior he had a career high 199 receiving yards against Southern.[5] During his last three seasons at Jackson State, Johnson started in every game.[5] He majored in health education at Jackson State.[5]

Professional career

Minnesota Vikings

Johnson was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He became the first Jackson State player to be drafted since Sylvester Morris in the 2000 NFL Draft.[5] He was cut late during training camp but was re-signed to the practice squad on September 1, 2008. He spent most of the year on the practice squad.[5] According to Vikings head coach Brad Childress, during the 2009 offseason, Johnson put on 17 pounds getting up to 187 and is currently the hardest worker on the team.[6]


His brother James played college football at Arkansas-Pine Bluff.[5] He is the youngest of eight children[5] and enjoys playing the saxophone[5] and planned on joining the medical field following his college career.[5] His wife is a special needs teacher at Eden Prairie High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota.[6]


  1. ^ Hamnik, Al (July 13, 2008). "Jaymar Johnson helps inspire Gary Pop Warner". NWI Times. Retrieved 2009-05-15.  
  2. ^ "Jaymar Johnson". Jackson State University. Retrieved 2009-05-15.  
  3. ^ a b Haugh, David (April 21, 2008). "This receiver running right route". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2009-05-15.  
  4. ^ a b Zulgad, Judd (May 4, 2008). "Vikings rookie camp: Sports was his way out of danger". Minneapolis Star Tribune. Retrieved 2009-05-15.  
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Jaymar Johnson". Minnesota Vikings. Retrieved 2009-05-15.  
  6. ^ a b Scroggins, Chip (June 4, 2009). "Childress praises Robison, Johnson". Minneapolis Star Tribune. Retrieved 2009-06-05.  

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