Joseph Keyshawn Johnson (born July 22, 1972) is a former American football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons.
He played college football for the University of Southern California and earned All-American honors. The first pick in the 1996 NFL Draft, he played professionally for the New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, and Carolina Panthers. One of three wide receivers to be taken first overall in NFL draft history, he still remains the most recent.
He retired from football following the 2006 season and spent seven years as a television broadcaster for the sports channel ESPN.
On August 17, 2020, Johnson began hosting mornings on “ESPN LA 710” KSPN, replacing “Golic and Wingo”. Johnson will be joined by basketball analyst Jay Williams, a former NBA player; and “SportsCenter” host Zubin Mehenti, with the show being titled “KJZ”.
Johnson co-founded First Picks Management in 2005 as a vehicle to pursue his business interests in the foodservice, hotel, and real estate industries, as well as venture capital, investing.
In 2012, Johnson starred in Jägermeister’s critically acclaimed A Stronger Bond television and digital campaign created by the award-winning advertising agency Mistress. In 2013, Johnson was announced to be a contestant on the 17th season of Dancing with the Stars. He was paired with professional dancer Sharna Burgess. On the show of September 23, he was the first celebrity voted out.
PERSONAL LIFE: WIFE AND CHILDREN
He has four children: Keyshawn Jr, Maia, London, and Vance. Keyshawn Johnson Jr. is also a wide receiver committed to play for the University of Nebraska. His nephew is current New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas.
On March 15, 2021, Johnson announced on his Twitter that his oldest daughter Maia had died.
The former American football player reportedly boasts an estimated net worth of $20 million through his career in the NFL and as a broadcaster. Per Spotrac, Johnson hauled in $45 million during his playing career.