This Day in College Football History – July 11th

Percy Duncan Haughton (July 11, 1876 – October 27, 1924) was a football and baseball player and coach. He served as head football coach at Cornell University from 1899 to 1900, at Harvard University from 1908 to 1916, and at Columbia University from 1923 to 1924, compiling a career college football record of 97–17–6. The Harvard Crimson claim national champions for three of the seasons that Haughton coached: 1910, 1912, and 1913. Haughton was also Harvard’s head baseball coach in 1915 and part owner of the Boston Braves from 1916 to 1918. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1951. Haughton attended Groton School for high school, graduating in 1895, and then went on to Harvard, graduating in 1899. Haughton and his wife owned Gould Island in Rhode Island where Haughton trained the Harvard football team.

Haughton became Columbia’s football coach in spring 1923 as the school re-established a team that had been dissolved in 1905 following allegations that football had become too violent. To alleviate concerns that the game was still too violent, Haughton promised to instill discipline in his players, saying: “It will be my purpose to teach the men what they should learn in order to better prepare for life after the university. If I can do that, if I can contribute toward qualifying them for the finest type of citizenship, I will be satisfied.” Haughton died suddenly in October 1924 after becoming ill on the Columbia football field

Andre Lamont Johnson (born July 11, 1981) is an American football wide receiver for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Miami, and was drafted by the Houston Texans third overall in the 2003 NFL Draft. Johnson is second all-time in NFL history in receiving yards per game (80.4), trailing only Calvin Johnson (83.0), and holds nearly every Texans receiving record. Johnson attended Miami Senior High School, where he graduated in 1999 and was rated as one of the top prospects in the country. As a senior Johnson caught 32 passes for 931 yards and was named a Parade All-American. Johnson enrolled at the University of Miami, where he was a standout wide receiver on the Miami Hurricanes football team from 2000 to 2002. He was co-MVP of the 2002 Rose Bowl, in which the Hurricanes defeated the Nebraska Cornhuskers 37-14 to cap an undefeated season and their fifth national championship. In that game, Johnson connected with quarterback Ken Dorsey for two touchdowns and 199 yards. Johnson finished his college career catching 92 passes for 1,831 yards (19.9-yard average) and 20 touchdowns. His 1,831 receiving yards is ranked fifth on the University of Miami’s all-time career list. Johnson was inducted into the UM Sports Hall of Fame on April 10, 2014 at a ceremony in Miami.

While at Miami, Johnson also ran for the Hurricanes track and field team. In 2002, he won the Big East 60-meter dash with a time of 6.81 seconds at the Big East Indoor Championship and followed that up by winning the 100-meter dash with a career-best time of 10.59 seconds at the Big East Outdoor Championships. He won the 200-meter dash at the 2003 GMAC Championships with a career-best time of 21.48 seconds. Also a top competitor in the 400 meters, he ran a career-best time of 46.47 seconds in the finals of the 2003 FHSAA Class 3A Championships.Johnson was the number three overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft. Johnson severed ties with NFL agents Michael Huegue and Jeff Moorad before hiring sports attorney Don West, Jr. to negotiate Johnson’s rookie contract with the Texans. Johnson was signed to a six-year $39 million contract and Johnson was able to start training camp on time due to a timely contract negotiation. Johnson’s rookie contract included over $13.501 million in guaranteed compensation. In Johnson’s rookie season, he started and played in all 16 games, recording 66 receptions for 976 yards and 4 touchdowns. His breakout year came in 2004 when he combined with Texans QB David Carr to record 79 catches for 1,142 yards and six touchdowns and be selected to his first Pro Bowl.

In the 2005 season, however, Johnson only played 13 games due to injury and had a lackluster 63 receptions with 688 yards and 2 touchdowns as the Texans finished a franchise-worst 2-14. When interviewed in 2012, Johnson said that he was frustrated with the team’s struggles, even saying that at times he “didn’t want to get up and go to work”, but knew that with a new franchise, struggles were expected and he wanted to be there to see the team make the next step. Back from injury in 2006, Johnson led the NFL in receptions with 103 for 1,147 yards and 5 TDs and made his second Pro Bowl appearance. On March 3, 2007, the Texans signed Johnson to a six-year extension; the deal is worth $60 million and includes $15 million in guarantees. In 2007, Johnson missed 7 games due to injury. He returned mid-season to finish with 851 receiving yards and a career-high 8 receiving touchdowns. He led the league in receiving yards per game in 2007 with 95.6. On December 14, 2008, Johnson recorded his first 200-yard game with 207 yards and 1 touchdown in the Texans’ 13–12 win over the Titans. Johnson finished the 2008 season recording career highs in receptions and receiving yards totaling 115 receptions for 1575 yards (both of which lead the league) and TD receptions with 8. This same season, Johnson became the first player in NFL history to record 7 games with at least 10 receptions

In 2009, Johnson once again led the league in receiving yards with 1569 on 101 receptions and a career-high 9 touchdowns to lead the Texans to a 9-7 record, the first winning record in franchise history. Johnson joined Jerry Rice as the only two receivers since the merger to lead the league in receiving yards in consecutive seasons. However, the Texans narrowly missed the playoffs on tiebreakers to the Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets, who also finished 9-7 but had superior conference records. On August 4, 2010, Johnson became the highest paid receiver in NFL History when he signed a two-year contract extension, keeping him under contract through the 2016 season. On November 28, 2010, Johnson became the first player in NFL history to have 60 or more receptions in each of his first eight seasons. In the same game, he fought Tennessee Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan. After being jammed hard off the line of scrimmage by Finnegan to the head and neck area repeatedly throughout the game, Johnson lost his temper and pulled off Finnegan’s helmet. Finnegan then removed and threw Johnson’s helmet down-field and was promptly thrown to the ground by his jersey. Johnson then proceeded to strike Finnegan on the back of his head and neck before being pulled away by the referee. Johnson and Finnegan were ejected from the game, but not suspended. Both were fined $25,000 for their unsportsmanlike actions. He was invited to the 2011 Pro Bowl, but the Texans finished 6-10 and missed the playoffs once again.

Johnson made his playoff debut against the Cincinnati Bengals on January 7, 2012. In the game, Johnson had 5 receptions for 90 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown catch. The Texans won 31-10 and advanced to the divisional round where they fell to the Baltimore Ravens 20-13. Johnson caught 8 passes for 111 yards in the losing effort. On October 14, 2012, Johnson became the first Texan in franchise history to reach the 10,000 receiving yards milestone during a Sunday Night loss to the Packers in 2012. On November 18, 2012, Johnson had the best game of his career in a Week 10 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. He had 14 receptions for 273 yards in that game, including the 48-yard game-winning touchdown in overtime. His receiving total is 9th-most in a game in NFL history and was the most for any receiver since Terrell Owens had 283 yards for the San Francisco 49ers in 2000. On November 22, Johnson had 9 receptions for 188 yards in a Week 11 victory, again in overtime, over the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Thursday, crossing the 1,000 yards receiving mark for the sixth time in his career. Johnson set the NFL record for the highest receiving total in back-to-back games with 461 yards, beating the previous record of 450 yards set by Chad Johnson. Due to Johnson’s efforts, he was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Month.

Johnson finished the 2012 NFL season second in receiving yards with a career-high 1,598 yards after Calvin Johnson and fourth in receptions with 112 receptions after Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall, and Wes Welker . Johnson had one of the best seasons of his career even though he played through a groin injury that limited his production during the first half of the season. Many analysts doubted he would not be able to return to top form after his injury in 2011 and his limited production during the first half of the season. Johnson had his third 1,500+ yard season in his career. He is tied with Marvin Harrison for the second-most 1,500+ yard seasons with 3, after Jerry Rice who has 4. Johnson was selected to play in the 2013 Pro Bowl, his sixth selection of his career. Johnson was voted onto the 2012 All-Pro Team’s Second Team, his 5th All-Pro selection in his career.

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