Joshua (J.J.) Johnson

Josua (J.J.) Johnson has been selected for induction into the Garland Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments in basketball at North Garland High School and in college and subsequently as a world class sprinter. Johnson, in 1994 as a senior at North Garland High School, received All-America scholastic after playing four years of basketball as a Red Raider,. After his graduation in 1994 he played at four different colleges, Grayson County Community College, Eastfield College, Texas A&M at Kingsville and Oklahoma Panhandle State College. In 2001, following his college basketball play, he burst onto the international track scene, winning the gold medal in the IAAF World Championships at Edmonton, Canada. He then ran the year's fastest 200 meters at Brussels, Belgium, with a time of 19.88. He subsequently won a bronze medal in the 200 meters at the Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia. In 2002 he won the 100-meter dash in the Mount SAC Relays in California. His time in winning the Grand Prix Championship was 20.55. He won two gold medals as a member of the World Outdoor Championships 4 x 100 meter relay winners. He remains one of the fastest men in the world with his 9.95 time in the 100 meters and his 19.88 time in the 200 meters. His time in the latter event ranks 24th on the 200-meter all-time list. In 2003 he won the 200 meter championship in United States Open Meet at Stanford. While learning how to run track, he decided to give professional football a try and used his 4.29 speed in the 40-yard dash to earn a 2002 training camp stint with the Oakland Raiders. Johnson currently works as a Fitness/Sports Performance Trainer and Massage Practitioner. Joshua Johnson and his wife, Nikki, now make their home in Forney, Texas