The file on Stevie Johnson
The early years
Stevie Johnson was born and raised in San Francisco before attending Angelo Rodriguez High School in Fairfield, California. He attended Chabot College for two seasons before transferring to the University of Kentucky. Johnson grabbed 72 passes for 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns (13 as a senior) in his two seasons in Lexington.
College and NFL Draft
Johnson entered the 2008 NFL Draft as a relative unknown. He ran a 4.59-second 40-yard dash and measured in at 6-foot-2, 210 pounds. He was selected in the seventh round, No. 224 overall by the Buffalo Bills. Johnson had 10 receptions for 102 yards and two touchdowns in his rookie year. The seventh-rounder dealt with a rib injury during his 2009 season which led to only two catches for 10 yards on the year.
Johnson was inserted into the starting lineup to start his third season in 2010. Johnson scored nine touchdowns through the first 10 games of the season. In a Week 11 game against Pittsburgh, Johnson dropped a touchdown pass that would have won the game in overtime. He finished his 2010 campaign with 82 receptions, 1,073 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Johnson played the 2011 season with a torn groin and broken hand, yet still managed 76 receptions for 1,004 yards and seven touchdowns. He caught four or more passes in 13 of the Bills' 16 games. Johnson signed a five-year contract prior to the 2012 season. He continued his reign as the Bills' top wideout, grabbing 79 passes for 1,046 yards and six touchdowns on the season. He became the only receiver in Buffalo Bills' history to top 1,000 receiving yards in three consecutive seasons.
2013 season and trade
The San Francisco native dealt with a plethora of injuries and personal issues in 2013 (groin, hamstring and passing of his mother). He missed four games with the Bills, yet led receivers with 52 receptions and 597 yards. He tied for the team lead with three touchdowns. On May 9, 2014, Johnson was traded to the San Francisco 49ers for a conditional 2015 fourth-round pick.