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Brad Johnson Named Second Best QB to Play in Europe

July 7th, 2017

This past week marked the ten-year anniversary of the end of NFL Europe, a developmental league that sought to train players and coaches and bolster American football’s presence on a world stage.

To commemorate the first decade since the league folded, ESPN’s Kevin Seifert compiled a list of the best NFL quarterbacks to play in the former European league. Among those represented was Lammi Sports’ client Brad Johnson. Johnson spent 16 seasons in the NFL, playing for the Vikings, Buccaneers, Redskins, and Cowboys, but also spent a year as the signal caller for the London Monarchs.

Overall, Johnson put together a solid football career, including helping Tampa Bay to a Super Bowl Championship in 2001. His longevity and effectiveness in the NFL landed him a spot on Seifert’s list as the second best NFL QB to have spent time in the European league. Seifert writes of Johnson:


A ninth-round draft pick in 1992, Johnson did not appear in a game during his first two NFL seasons. Seemingly destined as a career backup, Johnson convinced the Minnesota Vikings to allocate him prior to his fourth season. In London, he threw 328 passes in one season, finishing second in the league with 2,227 yards and 13 touchdowns. His NFL fortunes soon picked up. When Vikings starter Warren Moon was injured in 1996, Johnson stepped in and started eight games. He led the Vikings to a 5-3 record, throwing 17 touchdown passes in a total of 12 games. That stint launched a decade as a primary starter in Minnesota, Washington and Tampa Bay. The timing of Johnson’s transition from backup to starter makes it difficult to ignore the value of his extended playing time in Europe.


By Seifert’s standards, only Pro Football Hall of Famer Kurt Warner, who spent a year with the Amsterdam Admirals, had a better NFL career after playing in Europe. His full article can be read here.


Excerpt by Kevin Seifert, courtesy of ESPN. 

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