The Cold, Hard Football Facts are always way ahead of conventional wisdom and the statistical curve. That's what happens when you rely only upon the data, and not upon flawed humans, as your primary inside sources.
The story of current NFL home-run king
We declared the Tennessee running back
Today, Johnson's stature is all but undisputed. His 2009 campaign was certainly one for the ages. Consider these four Cold, Hard Football Facts:
Johnson in 2009 totaled seven touchdowns of greater than 50 yards (five runs, two receptions). In one game against Houston early in the season, he ripped off three scores of 57, 69 and 91 yards. It was the most explosive big-play scoring season any back has produced since
A little more perspective?
After two pro seasons, Johnson has a total of nine long-range TDs (50+), seven of those on the ground. Both figures already stand among the most in history.
Here's a look at all the running backs who scored seven or more rushing touchdowns of 50-plus yards. You'll see that Johnson is already on this very short list of 12 men. Of the eight players ahead of him on the list, six are in the Hall of Fame.
The list looks a bit different if we rank players by the number of total TDs they've scored from scrimmage. But again, Johnson is near the very top of the list, trailing only some of the most explosive Hall of Fame performers who ever buckled up a helmet.
These two tables tell us four things: