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Ex-Browns, Texans RB Duke Johnson is retiring after eight seasons in the NFL

Running back Duke Johnson announced his retirement on Sunday after playing eight seasons in the NFL.

Johnson was drafted in the third round by the Cleveland Browns out of the University of Miami in 2015, where he became the school’s all-time leading rusher, and played for four teams in his eight seasons. He last played in the NFL in 2022 when he played in a game for the Buffalo Bills.

“8 years, 4 teams with 1 goal in mind: to create a better life for my family. I never dreamed of being my dream school’s all-time leading rusher or being somewhere on the all-time players list who are from South FL. I just wanted a chance to play a game to give my family a better life and I want to do just that. I want to thank every team for giving me the opportunity to play and to represent your organization and all the fans who have supported me through the highs and lows,” he posted on Instagram.

He added, “Last, but certainly not least, I would like to thank my GOD for allowing me to go on this journey and end it in the same health that I started it. With that said, I am officially retiring from the NFL. I hope I have left a bigger impression on you, that is bigger than football.”

Johnson, 30, finished his career with 5,135 yards and 23 touchdowns for the Browns, Houston Texans, Miami Dolphins and Bills. He is the University of Miami’s all-time leading rusher with 3,519 yards.