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Johnny Knox

Johnny Knox(Johnny Otis Knox II) is a former American football wide receiver who played in the National Football League(NFL) for three seasons for the Chicago Bears. Unfortunately, his career ended after he suffered a career-ending injury during the game. Johnny Knox started coaching after retiring from the football.

Early Life

Johnny Knox was born on the 3rd of November 1986, in Houston, Texas. Likewise, he is 37 years old. He spent most of his childhood in Texas. His nationality is American. There isn’t much information about his parents, siblings, and childhood. Johnny attended Channelview High School in Channelview, Texas. He enrolled in Tyler Junior College after graduating from high school.

little johnnyCaption: Little Johnny posing for a picture Source: Instagram

Early career

In Junior college football, Johnny Knox led the team with 884 yards and 12 touchdowns. The achievement would rank him as the No. 9 junior college receiver in the class of 2007. Later he transferred to Abilene Christian University where he played for the Abilene Christian Wildcats football team. Johnny started as a backup at the start of the season but later moved into the starting role.

In his first season with the Abilene Christian Wildcats football team, he had 62 receptions for 1,158 yards and a school-record 17 touchdowns. He had 56 receptions for 1,069 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2008. Johnny also earned second-team All-America honors that year after recording 30 touchdown receptions in the two seasons which was the most in the history of Abilene Christian Football. Johnny was also invited to participate in the 2009 Texas vs The Nation all-star game.

Professional Life

Chicago Bears selected Johnny Knox in the fifth round of the 2009 Draft. On September 13, 2009, in his first game in the NFL,  he scored 68 yards receptions against Green Bay Packers. In his second game against Pittsburgh, Johnny scored his first NFL touchdown, tying the game at 14-14. Similarly, in the third game against the Seattle Seahawks, with 7-yard receptions, he added another touchdown to his tally.

He scored a touchdown with a 102-yard kickoff return against the Detroit Lions in the fourth game of the season. On November 29, 2009, while preparing for the game against the Vikings, Knox suffered an ankle injury. He returned after a brief recuperation period and concluded the 2009 season with 45 receptions, 527 yards, and five touchdowns. With a return yard average of 29.0, he was rated second in the NFL.

On January 25, 2010, Johnny was selected for the 2010 Pro Bowl. He kicked four times for 103 yards in his Pro Bowl debut. In 2010, the wide receiver had 960 yards, 51 grabs, and five receiving touchdowns. In the same way, his career successes in 2011 were 727 yards and a second-place finish in the NFL.

Knox, unfortunately, suffered a spinal cord injury on December 18, 2011, necessitating emergency surgery. When Knox collided with Anthony Hargrove during a game against the Seattle Seahawks, the incident occurred. On December 19, 2011, Knox needed emergency surgery on his vertebra.

Johnny celebrating his first NFL catch

Caption: Johnny celebrating his first catch in the NFL Source: Instagram

Career-ending injury

Johnny’s injury was more serious than expected, as he suffered nerve damage as well. Following the event, the Bears placed Knox on the injured reserve right away. Hargrove expressed contrition for the incident to Knox. Even though Knox never heard from Hargrove again, he sensed his opponent’s worry about his injury. The wide receiver returned to the ground for the 2012 NFL season after a brief rehabilitation period. Despite rehabilitation, the player was unable to stand in a comfortable position. With this, the Chicago Bears released Johnny on February 12, 3013, and the wide receiver declared his retirement the next day, on February 14.

Coaching Career

Even though he proclaimed his retirement from football at a young age, Knox remained active in football as a coach.

Johnny served as a coaching intern with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after a two-year hiatus from football. Lovie Smith, a former head coach of the Chicago Bears, hired him there. Knox later worked as a football staff member at Carmel High School in 2018.

Personal Life

Johnny Knox is a married man. He is married to SanDerriqua Knox. There’s no exact timeline or information on how the couple met or fell in love. The couple shares four children- three daughters and one son. the family is occasionally seen in public places. Johnny also often shares his pictures with his family on social media. Johnny is a loyal guy as there are no rumors of his alleged romance with other women.

Johnny with his children

Caption: Johnny and his kids posing for pictures in the living room Source: Instagram

Body Measurement

Johnny has a height of 6 feet. He weighs around 86 kg. He is bald and his eyes are of hazel color. His beard is in Brown.

Johnny Knox – Social Media

He has an Instagram account called @johnnyknoxii with 3.8k followers where he mostly posts about his family. He also has a Twitter account called Johnny Knox with 40.1k followers. Johnny is not active on any other social platform.

Johnny Knox – Net worth 2024

He accumulated most of his earnings from football and coaching. he only made career earnings of less than $ 2 million while he was in the NFL. He received $400000 as the settlement fee from Bears after he was forced to retire early. His total net worth differs according to different sources. So the exact net worth of Johnny Knox is unknown as of 2024.