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November 22, 2017

Brent Johnson

Birth: December 7, 1976

Home Town: Kingston, ON

Inducted as: Athlete

Inducted for: Football

Inducted in: 2017

Biography:

Brent Johnson got his start in the grid iron game on the Holy Cross Crusaders football field from 1991 to 1996 where he was selected a county all-star.
Based on his strong play for Holy Cross the defensive lineman moved on to play NCAA football for the Ohio State Buckeyes four years and was selected for the 2000 All-Big Ten team

After being drafted by the British Columbia Lions in the third round, 20th overall of the 2000 Canadian Football League Draft Brent started his CFL career with the Lions as a defensive lineman. Playing his entire career with British Columbia between 2001 and 2011 he garnered many CFL awards including a 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 CFL Western All-Star and 2005, 2006, 2008 CFL All-Star. He was also named the 2005 and 2006 CFL Most Outstanding Canadian, leading the CFL in sacks with 17 in 2005 and 16 in 2006 where he was also named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player.

He also won the Grey Cup in 2006 and 2010

Brent retired after the 2011 season with 225 defensive tackles, 89 sacks and four interceptions in regular season action and holds the record for sacks with the BC Lions with 89 during his 11 year career which he played and excelled at a position in the league usually reserved for American import players.

In a sport where injuries are a regular occurrence Brent was a durable player. In his career he played 184 consecutive contests with the Lions only missing one game in his career and that was for the birth of his son.