New York Jets quarterback Mike White injured his forearm against the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday night, so Josh Johnson came in.
Johnson has been pretty much everywhere, most recently with the XFL’s Los Angeles Wildcats. Still, despite Johnson maintaining star stature in the XFL, the National Football League will forever be the pinnacle of the sport.
So, when the Jets came calling, Johnson listened. Zach Wilson and now White have gone down in consecutive weeks, meaning Johnson got his shot.
My favorite fact about Josh Johnson, who is now in the game for the Jets: He’s been on rosters in the NFL (13 different franchises), UFL (Sacramento Mountain Lions), AAF (No. 1 overall pick by San Diego Fleet, but never played a game) and XFL (Los Angeles Wildcats). pic.twitter.com/kW22Jb8PYh
— Jeff Eisenband (@JeffEisenband) October 31, 2021
Johnson is a football journeyman, and has proven capable enough as a backup to be called upon on not just multiple NFL teams, but multiple leagues.
The complete list is stunning.
Josh Johnson teams
It’s a lot, right!
Josh Johnson college
Johnson went to the University of San Diego, where he enrolled in 2004.
Josh Johnson salary
Johnson signed a one-year minimum deal with the Jets worth just a shade under $600,000.
Josh Johnson career earnings
As of 2020, OverTheCap put his career earnings at just under $5 million, but it’s impossible to keep track of given the fact that Johnson has played in multiple leagues.
Josh Johnson draft
Johnson was drafted in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft.
Josh Johnson XFL
Johnson’s stats are impressive, and linked here, for the Los Angeles Wildcats.
It’s unclear exactly how long Johnson will have to start. He could be the man for the rest of the night, with White questionable to return and still dealing with forearm issues.
The Jets traded for Joe Flacco at the deadline, and he is listed as the team’s backup quarterback on the team’s official depth chart. Yet, it’s Johnson who was dressed and got the call when White went down.