Former NFL wide receiver Charles Johnson was found dead in his hotel room, according to reports on Wednesday.
The 50-year-old New England Patriot football player’s cause of death was unknown.
Sad news for #PatriotNation
— Cecilia Calabrese for MA State Senate (@CeceCalabrese) July 20, 2022
“Johnson played for the Patriots when they won the Super Bowl in 2001,” The Daily Wire reported.
“He was initially drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers out of Colorado in the first round as the overall No. 17 pick in 1994, CBS 17 noted. The wide receiver also played with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Buffalo Bills,” it added.
Charles Johnson, Super Bowl champ and former first-round draft pick, dead at 50 https://t.co/23l8YmLh4u
— Fox News (@FoxNews) July 21, 2022
Johnson was currently serving as assistant athletic director at Wakefield High School in North Carolina, continuing his football legacy long after his time in the NFL.
He was also a college football star at the University of Colorado. Johnson had two 1,000-plus yard receiving seasons during the 1992 and 1993 seasons that led to him becoming a first-round draft pick.
Charles Johnson passed today at 50.
He had two 1,000+ yard seasons with CU in 1992 and 1993 and was a first round draft pick by the Steelers in 1994. He won a Super Bowl in 2001.
Rest in peace to an all timer. pic.twitter.com/PFtbSkWT4t
— Jimmie Searfoss (@JimmieSearfoss) July 20, 2022
His loss comes alongside a string of former football players to pass away in recent weeks, including former Dallas Cowboys star Marion Barber III and Baltimore Ravens player Jaylon Ferguson.
Charles Johnson, former Pittsburgh Steelers WR and Colorado Buffaloes star, dies at 50 https://t.co/tszVRAh0TR
— Cassia Cardozo (@MundoRosaNet) July 21, 2022
Johnson’s passing leaves a major loss to Patriots fans who knew him during his time as a Super Bowl champion during a decade dominated by New England.