Longtime NFL OLB Jarret Johnson will retire as a Baltimore Raven tomorrow (Wednesday, May 13) during a 2:30 p.m. press conference at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills.
Johnson was drafted in the 4th round of the 2003 draft by the Ravens. He spent 3 years as a backup, then took over the starting role following the departure of Pro bowler Adalius Thomas. Johnson may not have made any Pro Bowls, but he was an elite run stopper who impacted the game in many ways. He is the epitome of a Ravens player, a blue collar, no nonsense player who came to work every day and went all out. He is beloved by Ravens fans everywhere. This writer has special affinity for him as one of the few players to sign a below market contract to stay in Baltimore following his rookie contract. His big hit on Hines Ward, public enemy #1 will live on in Ravens lore and in GIF's. The one big regret for me is that he missed winning the Super Bowl in Baltimore by just one year. He finished his career in San Diego, where he played for 3 seasons.
General manager Ozzie Newsome and head coach John Harbaugh will join the nine-year Raven (2003-11) at the press conference.
Wishing Jarrett and his family the best of luck in all future endeavours!
Just for the giggles...