As a senior at Miami Senior High, Andre Johnson showed the ability to make things happen, scoring 15 times on just 31 receptions that racked up 908 yards, nearly 30 yards per catch. Johnson was named All-State and a 1998 Parade All-American. His prep success proved that he could make the type of exciting and game-changing plays that he would duplicate in the coming years, thrilling Hurricane fans and helping take the Canes back to the promised land…the National Championship.
After redshirting in 1999 and seeing limited action in 2000, catching 5 passes for 37 yards and returning 12 kickoffs for 249 yards, Andre claimed the starting job in his third campaign and proved to be one of the most dominating receivers in Miami’s storied history. He finished 2001 with 44 receptions for 881 yards (20 yards per catch) and 10 touchdowns. Johnson was named co-MVP, with UMSHoF member Ken Dorsey, of the 2002 Rose Bowl National Championship game where he caught 7 passes for 199 yards, a UM Bowl record, and two touchdowns as the Canes claimed their fifth National Championship with a 37-14 rout of Nebraska. One of his many highlight games during 2001 came against arch rival FSU, 5 catches for 111 yards and 2 touchdowns in Miami’s 49-27 blowout victory over the Noles. In 2002, Johnson caught 52 passes and amassed 1,092 yards, 21 yards-per catch and nine touchdowns, joining UMSHoF member Eddie Brown as the only Canes receivers, at that time, to gain over 1,000 yards in a season. His 193 yards on 6 catches against Virginia Tech is the fourth most receiving yards in a game by a Hurricane. Andre ended his Miami days with 92 catches for 1,831 yards, the fifth-highest career total, and a career average of 19.9 yards per catch. His 20 receiving touchdowns are tied, with UMSHoF member Reggie Wayne, for third-most in school history, trailing only UMSHoF member Michael Irvin (26) and fellow 2014 UMSHoF inductee Lamar Thomas (23). Johnson also ran for UM’s track and field team. In 2002, he won the Big East 60-meter dash (6.83 seconds) at the BIG EAST Indoor Championship and followed that up by winning the 100-meter dash (10.59) at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships.
Drafted by the Houston Texans third overall in the 2003 NFL Draft, Andre is second all-time in NFL history in receiving yards per game (80.4). He holds nearly every Texans receiving record and is a six-time Pro Bowl selection. In Johnson’s rookie season, 2003, he founded the Andre Johnson Foundation for children and teens growing up in single-parent homes, the organization supports programs that develop the “total person.” His daughter was born in February 2010.