The player with a soft-spoken demeanor and the mischievous smile was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the 3rd round of the 2015 NFL Draft as 77th overall and the sixth running back drawn that same year. Recently, he signed a three-year, $15.6 million extension contract, which runs through 2021, with his current team, the Cleveland Browns.
Who is Duke Johnson?
Duke Johnson, whose given name is Randy MichaelThaddeus Johnson Jr. was born in Miami, Florida on September 23, 1993. The American national was born to Randy Johnson Sr, who died in 2008 of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis when Duke had just 14 years old. His mother, Cassandra Mitchell, is now in a second. marriage to Miami Beach Police Inspector Duane Mitchell.
Duke’s training can be traced to Norland High School Miami in Miami Gardens, Florida, where he excelled in all three sports, specializing in football, sprinting and the long jump. After graduating from high school, Duke went to the University of Miami where he played football but had to give up his senior years in order to declare himself a candidate for the 2015 National Football League draft.
What you need to know about him
The American football player stands at a height of 1.75 m and weighs 95 kg. However, the summary of his general body stats is still unknown.
high school football
During his days at Miami Norland Senior High School, the rising star actively participated in football and track events. The emerging star led Norland to a 13-2 record and second-place finish in junior state, beat Sammy Watkins and also led South Fort Myers 44-28 in the semis, but lost 44-34 to to the undefeated Tampa Jefferson in the Class 3A final. In his senior years, Duke led Norland to a 15–0 finish and the Class 5A championship standings.
Duke Johnson was a standout sprinter and also a high jumper in high school, as part of his school’s track and field team, this multi-talented sportsman placed 5th with a jump of 6.60 meters during qualifying long jump at the 2010 GMAC. He recorded a career best time of 10.62 seconds in 2011, after finishing fourth in the 100 meters at the 3rd Annual Miramar Invitational. At FHSAA 3A District 16, the young athlete placed 3rd in the 200 meters with 22.31 seconds. Rivals.com considered him the best all-around recruiter.
His college football career at the University of Miami spanned the period from 2012 to 2014. He recorded remarkable career statistics which earned him two awards: Offensive Rookie of the Year and the Rookie of the Year trophy. the ACC make it the first Miami Hurricane to win both of these awards. When he broke his ankle against Florida State on the second day of November 2013, his sophomore campaign with the Hurricane Football Team came to an end.
He played in all 13 games of his junior season when he returned from injury in 2014 and became the Hurricanes’ outright leader ahead of Ottis Anderson. Duke Johnson made the conscious decision to declare himself a candidate for the 2015 National Football League Draft and forfeit his senior season after posting outstanding statistics in his junior season.
The self-proclaimed mummy boy gets a tattoo of his mother’s image on his left shoulder, according to him, aside from his walking sticks, his mum is his world. He went further by claiming that all he does in life is to please her. In her absence, when he can’t talk to her as much as he wants, all he has to do is look over his shoulder and she’ll still be there.
The origin of his name Duke
The famous sportsman received his nickname Duke from his mother’s grandfather – Duke Coleman, who raised his mother in Georgia, although his real name, according to his mother, is Randy Michael Thaddeus Johnson Jr.
The American footballer was named a second-team Walter Camp All-American and Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year. He received another outstanding honor in 2011 when he was named Class 5A Player of the Year by Mr. Florida Football.