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Titans’ Johnson joins 2,000-yard club

January 4, 2010

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— Chris Johnson says he wants to be football’s next megastar, the Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant of his sport.

The next?

His here and now isn’t exactly pedestrian.

Johnson became the sixth player to rush for 2,000 yards in a season in the fourth quarter of Tennessee’s season finale Sunday at Seattle. He also scored both touchdowns in the Titans’ 17-13 victory over the Seahawks.

In the second quarter, Johnson set the NFL record for yards from scrimmage in a season on a nine-yard pass from Vince Young. That broke Marshall Faulk’s 1999 record of 2,429 yards from scrimmage.

Later in the opening half, he passed Earl Campbell’s franchise record of 1,934 yards rushing set in 1980.

He finished the season with 2,006 yards rushing, 2,509 yards from scrimmage — and the desire to be the next big thing.

“Yes, very much. That’s what every guy wants to be who plays any sport: They want to be the next Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant or whoever you want to name,” Johnson said.

He gained 134 yards on 36 carries, three short of Earl Campbell’s franchise record set in 1981 against Seattle.

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