Jarret Johnson is retiring a Raven today. JJ, a 9 year player for the Ravens and originally drafted by Baltimore out of the fourth round of the 2003 NFL Draft, is one of the less memorable players for the Ravens but contributed a ton and is a fan favorite.
Drafted out of Alabama and hailing from Homestead Florida, JJ was about as down to earth as you could get. A slight southern accent mixed with a relaxed attitude made Johnson a fan favorite for his role with the Ravens. While Johnson might not have had the most amazing stats in the world, he played an interesting role with the Baltimore defense as a run stuffer, pass rushing, coverage linebacker. He was asked to do just about everything on the defensive side of the ball, which is partly why his stats are so scattered.
Johnson averaged a little over 2 sacks, 2 pass defenses, 1 forced fumble and 42 tackles per season. But what he lacked in overall stats, he made up for by being a floater for the defense. A player that could mix it up and make offenses pay from a few different spots on the field, Johnson was the consummate team player by never questioning his role and never complaining about being out of the spotlight.
Which is why if JJ gets inducted into the Ravens Ring of Honor, that will be the reason. A guy who had a team-record of 129-straight regular season games played upon his departure of Baltimore in 2012, Johnson was what made Ravens players true Ravens; a willingness to put the nose to the grindstone and not complain all for the benefit of the team itself.
Sadly for Johnson, he never got to win the Super Bowl with the Ravens as he left the offseason before the Ravens would win Super Bowl XLVII against the San Francisco 49ers. Hopefully the Ravens will announce his name being inducted at M&T Bank Stadium as a consolation prize.
Do you think JJ deserves to be inducted? Why or why not?