Chris Johnson: I Can Play For A Couple Of More Seasons

"I still got a lot left in the tank," said Johnson, who turns 33 in September

Tiki and Tierney
March 27, 2018 - 5:42 pm

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Despite more than 2,000 carries for nearly 10,000 yards over 10 seasons, Chris Johnson still wants to play football.

"I still got a lot left in the tank,” the 32-year-old free agent running back said on Tiki and Tierney. “I don't feel like I can't play anymore, like I ain't got no more juice or anything like that. I still feel like I can go. Anytime you're an athlete of my stature and you can still do it and still want to do it and still have love for the game, why not?"

Johnson, who totaled an NFL record 2,509 yards from scrimmage in 2009, ran 45 times for 114 yards (2.5 yards per carry) in four games last year before getting cut by Arizona. He has four touchdowns over the last three seasons combined.

"I definitely still got a couple years left in me,” said Johnson, who turns 33 in September. “Guys can be more than for or five years in the league and still be productive. Guys like myself, Adrian Peterson, Marshawn Lynch, Shady McCoy – all those guys have been doing it for a long time and (are) still able to come out there and be productive. Just because a guy's been a running back in this league 10 years, who says it's time to shut it down just because it's been 10 years?”

Johnson was asked which is more difficult at his age: maintaining speed or getting hit.

Apparently, neither.

"Getting hit, it's really nothing,” Johnson said. “You just got to know how to play the game. I've always been the type of back that rarely took that big hit. In my position, a lot of times you pride yourself on trying to deliver the blow also, not being the one that's taking the blow. That's always a situation you can avoid a lot of times. As far as maintaining your speed, if you're a hard-working person, you're going to maintain certain things. You're always going to have that athletic ability, always that explosion, if you just work hard."