AFL NOTES: With limited professional experience, Rob Johnson is hoping to jump start his football career with the Dallas Desperados. Johnson is a newcomer to the AFL but hopes his success in the Canadian Football League translates to the indoor game in Dallas.
OTHER PRO EXPERIENCE: 2003 – Johnson returned to camp with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers but was released in the middle of training camp. He signed with the Green Bay Packers Aug. 1 but was injured in a preseason game against Carolina. He was placed on Reserve/Injured Aug. 26, then waived/Injured Sept. 30. 2002 – Johnson was nominated as the CFL’s Most Outstanding Rookie for 2002 by the Calgary Stampede after posting 33 catches for 595 yards and two touchdowns. After the CFL season, he signed to Carolina’s practice squad Nov. 20 where he remained for the last five weeks of the season.
COLLEGE: 2001 – In his first year at Western Illinois, Johnson registered 21 receptions for 373 yards and four scores. 2000 – Johnson sat out after transferring to Western Illinois as a graduate student. 1999 – As a senior, Johnson caught eight passes for 89 yards. 1998 – In his first season of college football, Johnson saw saw action primarily on special teams and caught one pass as a junior at Northwestern.
PERSONAL: Johnson was an all-conference and all-region selection at Plymouth-Canton, MI, High School. He received his degree in mathematics from Northwestern and is working towards a masters degree in economics.