Certain events transform the character of an organization like the sudden loss of a familiar face. The New England Patriots have been forced to deal with that adjustment not once, but twice. The absence of Tedy Bruschi is one such event, and the sudden retirement of Ted Johnson is another. PI writer Michael Reardon looks back on Johnson's career as a Patriot and the impact he had on the organization.
August 20, 2005
The New England Patriots veterans reported to camp today and the biggest surprise did not involve veteran defensive lineman Richard Seymour, rather, it concerns lineback Ted Johnson. Johnson reported to camp to inform head coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft of his decision to close the door on an outstanding 10-year career. Johnson has decided it's time to hang 'em up. The following is Johnson's statement as released by the team.
July 28, 2005
<P>Football doesn't last forever, and NFL players understand that. With players options limited for those who never finished school, the league has instituted a program to try to help them. To help them make better decision, during their playing days as well as after. Scout.com's Doug Farrar takes a look at the players and the program including three current New England Patriots.</P>
April 6, 2005
<p>Ted Johnson labels the Patriots off-season workout as "rigorous," and there's no doubt there's some truth to that. With the off-season "voluntary" workouts having started on Monday, we'll be hearing more about how these Patriots look and feel in coming weeks. Today's insider report includes comments from the linebackers, draft analysis and Top 3 off-season priorities. <B><A HREF="http://patriots.scout.com/3/PI-Promo-blip.html">Special Offer!</A></B></p>
April 5, 2005