Steven Johnson

About SJ

The Athlete

  • Experience: Pro since 2012 Season
  • Height: 6’1
  • Weight: 230
  • Born: March 28th 1988 (Media,PA)
  • College: University of Kansas
  • High School: Strath Haven HS (Wallingford,Pa)
  • Nickname: “Stevie J”

Originally from the Greater Philadelphia area, Steven went undrafted to the Denver Broncos in 2012 where, as a rookie, he excelled on special teams . In his second season, Steven led the Denver Broncos in special teams tackles and helped the Broncos become AFC Champions –sealing a trip to Super Bowl XLVIII. Steven was also recognized as one of the top special teams players in the NFL and named a PFF All-Pro. He continued his dominance on special teams throughout the following season enabling him to start on defense for seven games during the Broncos 2014 Season. He then spent 2015 with the Tennessee Titans. His efforts on the field allowed him to be named Special Teams MVP at the conclusion of the season. Now in his fifth season, Steven is known across the NFL as a premier special teams player. His hard work, dedication, commitment and leadership on the field have led  him to the Pittsburgh Steelers where he continues to strive and achieve professional excellence.



Steelers Resign Johnson to a one year contract on February 15, 2017.


Johnson signed a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers on March 25,2016. He appeared in 5 Games in which he recorded 6 Tackles and a FF. Steven lead the team in Special teams tackles thru week 9 before suffering a season ending ankle injury vs. the Cowboys on Nov. 12 2016.


Johnson played in all 16 games, mostly on special teams, with the Tennessee Titans where he recorded seven tackles during the 2015 season.


Steven continued his great Special Teams Play and was forced into playing time due to injury. Steven Started 9 games for the Broncos recording 32 tackles and .5 a sack. Steven best outing was against the Indianapolis Colts in the divisional Round of the 2014 Playoffs where he recorded 9 tackles and was the Defensive player of the Game.


Steven was now known as a special teams Ace. in this Season Steven recorded 17 total tackles as well as blocking a punt and returning it for a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles. This was was the 1st by any bronco since 11/13/2000. He was also awarded PFF All-Pro for the Season.


Steven went to Training Camp with the Denver Broncos in hopes of making the 53 man Roster. He made the roster and spent his rookie season as a Special teams linebacker recording 10 Solo tackles.

2011 (Senior)

As a Senior Steven was awarded the title of team captain. He went on to lead the Big 12 in total tackles (124), which also ranked 21st in the nation. He recorded double digit tackles in eight of 12 games … Recording a career-high 18 stops vs Texas … His 18 tackles were the most by a Jayhawk since 2003 …  Steven was Named KU’s Defensive Player of the Week four times. He received All Big-12 honors for his season, and was also a semifinalist for the Burlsworth Trophy, given annually to the nation top athlete who began their career as a walk-on.

2010 (Junior)

In Steven’s Junior year he Started all 12 games at linebacker. He led the team with 95 tackles. He had 4.5 tackles for loss, including two sacks.

2009 (Sophmore)

Steven Played in 10 games and recorded nine tackles as a backup linebacker and special teams player. After the season due to financial strife of being a walk-on Steven was set to return home to Philadelphia pa. However before the 2010 season Steven was awarded a full-scholarship, which allowed him to stay in school.

2008 (Freshman)

Steven was a True freshman who saw action in two games – against FIU and South Florida… As a reserve Linebacker Steven only Recorded one tackle on the year, spending most of his time on scout team.


After Steven’s Injury and weeks of excruciating rehab, he decided to send out a letter to a on-campus recruiting coordinator at the University of Kansas, while sitting at his computer at Wyoming Seminary. Through this KU gave Steven the opportunity to walk-on to the football team. Stevens Faith at this time of his life is what propelled him to continue to chase his dreams. The only college in America that wanted Steven was a Division 1 school in the Big12 conference. In Steven’s eyes, God made a way through his Faith.


Even though Steven had a lot of success his senior year in high school big colleges did not take notice and were hesitant to give Steven an opportunity to attend their university. This landed Steven at Wyoming Seminary Prepatory School in Scranton Pa. In the first 5 football games Steven tallied 64 tackles, 3 Ints and 7 Rushing Touchdowns. This allowed Steven to receive interest from Division1 colleges such as Georgia Tech & The University of Kansas. However, in the 5 Game Steven suffered a injury that would almost take his career. Steven suffered a knee injury tearing his ACL and LCL in his left knee. Steven, now had no where to go. No one wanted him.

2002 – 2005

Steven Played 4 years of High School Football,however, only playing varsity for 1 season. Nevertheless, Steven made the most of his opportunity in that 1 Season. After being named Team Captain Steven went on to lead the state of Pennsylvania in tackles(126) as well as being named 1st team all delco,1st team all state. Through this Steven was noted as one of the best linebacker in the state of PA.


Steven began playing football at the age of 5 years old. At a very young age he fell in love with the sport playing the Running back and linebacker Positions. He excelled in youth football obtaining many MVP, All Star, and team Captain awards.




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