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Johnny Knox
No. 13     Chicago Bears
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: November 3, 1986 (age 23)
Place of birth: Houston, Texas
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
College: Abilene Christian
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 5 / Pick: 140
Debuted in 2009 for the Chicago Bears
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • 2009 Week 4 - Special Teams Player of the Week
  • October 2009 Special Teams Player of the Month
  • 1x Pro Bowl selection (2009)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2009
Receptions     45
Yards     527
Touchdowns     5
Kick Return Yards     896
AVG Per Return     29
Return Touchdowns     1

Johnny Knox (born November 3, 1986 in Houston, Texas) is an American football wide receiver for the Chicago Bears. He was selected by the Bears as the 140th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, through a draft pick they acquired in the Kyle Orton-Jay Cutler trade.[1]

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Early Life

After graduated from Channelview High School in Channelview, TX, Knox enrolled at Tyler Junior College. As a sophomore at Tyler, Knox led all junior college receivers with 884 yards and 12 touchdowns. Rivals.com rated him as the No. 9 junior college receiver in the class of 2007 and he transferred to Abilene Christian.

Knox went into his first season at Abilene Christian listed as a backup wide receiver, but he quickly moved into a starting role. He finished the season with 62 receptions for 1,158 yards and a school-record 17 touchdowns. He finished third in Division II in 2007 in touchdown receptions, while racking up the fourth-most receiving yards in a season in Abilene Christian history. He earned honorable mention Division II All-America honors.

While garnering more attention from defenses in 2008, Knox still racked up 56 receptions for 1,069 yards and 13 touchdowns. Knox helped Abilene Christian start 11-0 before losing in the third round of the Division II playoffs. His 30 touchdown receptions in two seasons were the most in Abilene Christian history, and he earned second team All-America honors in 2008. After the 2008 season, Knox was invited to participate in the 2009 Texas vs The Nation All-Star Classic, where he had three receptions for 55 yards and caught a TD pass from David Johnson in a losing effort for the Texas team.

Chicago Bears

Pre-draft measureables
Wt 40yd 20ss Vert BJ
185 lb 4.34s 4.15s 35" 10'2"

(All results are from the 2009 NFL Combine)[2]

Knox, who joined that Chicago Bears drafted as an unheralded fifth-round draft choice, made an immediate impact on the team as a rookie. Though Knox only spent two seasons playing for a senior college, his combine numbers, which display his remarkable speed and agility, proved him to be a steal as a fifth round choice.

He caught his first NFL pass, a 68-yard reception, on September 13, 2009 against the Green Bay Packers. During the 2nd game of the 2009 season (against the Pittsburgh Steelers), Knox recorded his first NFL touchdown catch on a key 3rd down to tie the game up 14-14. He recorded another touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks, a 7 yard reception. In the fourth game of the season, against the Detroit Lions, he scored a touchdown on a 102-yard kickoff return. Two weeks later, after a bye week, Knox caught a 23 yard touchdown catch from Jay Cutler.

On November 29, 2009, Johnny Knox returned a kickoff 77 yards to set up a Bears field goal versus the Vikings.

Against the Vikings, December 28, 2009, Knox sustained a season-ending ankle injury, finishing the year with 45 receptions for 527 yards and 5 touchdowns.

On January 25, 2010, Knox was nominated to the NFC roster for the 2010 Pro Bowl, replacing Minnesota's Percy Harvin, who withdrew due to injury concerns.[3] Knox returned 4 kicks for 103 yards in his Pro Bowl debut. He was also targeted on two passes as a Wide Receiver, but failed to log a reception. [4]

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