Chris Johnson named AP offensive player of the year

NASHVILLE, TENN. – Capping a historic season for Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson, he was named Associated Press Offensive Player of the Year.

Johnson, the team's 2008 first-round draft pick, led the NFL with a franchise-record 2,006 rushing yards on 358 carries with 14 touchdowns. Additionally, the two-time Pro Bowler led the team with 50 receptions for 503 receiving yards with two scores, giving him an NFL record 2,509 total yards from scrimmage and breaking the league mark set by Marshall Faulk in 1999.

Johnson became just the sixth player all-time to break the 2,000-yard rushing plateau, joining Eric Dickerson, Jamal Lewis, O.J. Simpson, Terrell Davis and Barry Sanders. Healso became the first player in the 2,000-yard group to total 500 yards receiving. Johnson was remarkably consistent throughout the year, amassing 12 100-yard rushing performances, including each of the last 11 games of season, which is the second longest streak for consecutive 100-yard games in NFL history.

The Orlando, Fla., native was a dynamic threat out of the backfield, registering an NFL record three touchdown runs of 85 or more yards. No running back in NFL history has recorded three touchdown runs of that length over an entire career. He also became the first running back in NFL history to record six consecutive 125-yard rushing performances, while averaging 5.0 yards per carry in each of the six games (10/18-11/29).

Johnson was named AFC Offensive Player of the Month for November after rushing for an NFL-best 800 yards (6.6 avg.) on 122 attempts and tying for the league-high with seven touchdowns as he helped the Titans post a 5-0 record. His 800 rushing yards were the most by a player in a month since 1970.

He was also named AFC Offensive Player of the Week after setting a franchise record with 228 rushing yards on 24 carries with two touchdowns in the Titans' 30-13 victory against Jacksonville (11/1/09). His 228 rushing yards eclipsed the former franchise record of 216 yards which was held by Billy Cannon and Eddie George.

Johnson joins Earl Campbell, who won the award three times (1978-80), and Warren Moon (1990) as the only players in franchise history to be named AP Offensive Player of the Year.