The Anthony Johnson Foundation was established on January 2, 2017 in order to help children diagnosed with cancer. Through his early years, high school, college, and to the present, service to others has been a part of Anthony's life. He loves the joy that comes from putting smiles on faces and touching the hearts of others.
The inspiration for the foundation comes from Anthony’s grandfathers: one who fought a good fight but lost his battle with cancer, and the other who's a current survivor. Anthony also finds inspiration from Parker Rivera, a young man that not only impacted Anthony's life in a powerful way, but the lives of everyone who had the chance to know him. Rivera also fought as long and as hard as he could, and those that knew him believe he would want nothing more than to help save and impact the lives of others as well. Last but not least, Anthony finds inspiration in his mother, Nakisha Johnson, who was diagnosed last year. A current survivor, Ms. Johnson never gave up the fight. Her courage, and that of his grandfathers and Rivera, is why Anthony has started his foundation—to show everyone, young and old, that one should never give up.
All funds raised by the Anthony Johnson Foundation will be distributed to suitable organizations. Anthony and all of his supporters thank you for your support and the gratitude shown in service to others.
Ms. Johnson and Anthony after the Jets final game of the season.
Enjoying some father/daughter time.
Anthony and Parker.
Anthony, Ms. Johnson, Alec Simione, and Brandon Burks.
Anthony & Brandon Burks with the medical staff from St. Barnabas.
Gift bags given to the children of Saint Barnabas Medical Center.
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MORE ABOUT ANTHONY JOHNSON
Anthony "The Freak" Johnson was born to Nakish Johnson, in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 2005, Johnson's family had moved to Atlanta, and later Mobile, Alabama, for a period of time due to Hurricane Katrina. There in Mobile is where Anthony Found his Passion for football. Playing Quarterback and Defensive end for Mae Eanes Middle school In Mobile Alabama.
After returning to New Orleans, Johnson attended O. Perry Walker High School, where he was a four-time all-district selection, 4 Time All State Selection and 4 Time Defensive Player of the Year. He broke the Louisiana career sack record with 67.5 sacks during his four-year career, and surpassed Elvis Dumervil as High Schools All time sack leader with (79). As a senior in 2010, he recorded 129 tackles, 31 tackles for loss, and 17.5 sacks. Both USA Today and Parade named him to their All-American teams. Gatorade named Johnson the Louisiana State Player of the Year, as the first lineman, and only third defender, in the 16 years of the award.
One of the most sought after high school players in the country, Anthony was rated as a five-star prospect by every recruiting service. He was rated the No. 1 defensive tackle of his class and in 2009 committed to LSU to play college football. At LSU, Johnson played in 40 games with 16 starts at defensive tackle. He finished his career with 77 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, and 7 sacks.
Following the Outback Bowl, in January of 2014, Anthony declared for the 2014 NFL Draft. He signed with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent. During the 2014 season he played in 7 games as a defensive tackle, recording 2 tackles and recovering 1 fumble. In 2015, Johnson signed with the Washington Redskins where he was a member of the 2015 NFC East Division Championship team. He then signed with the New Enlgand Patriots and made the 53 man-roster. Later played in 4 games and Started in 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers his First career start. In 2016 Anthony had also played for the New York Jets and finished out the season with them.
Now, Anthony Johnson, is signed to the Indianapolis Colts and has played defensive end and Outside linebacker for a place that believes Johnson can develop into a great leader and player. Johnson now going into his Fourth year is all about hard work and consistency.
Anthony has also started the Anthony Johnson foundation which will go towards Children Dealing with Cancer. We will have more info up soon!