Born: February 15, 1987 – Los Angeles, CA
2019: Years as a Lion: 4th Years in CFL: 6th Status: International
Career Games: 61 Playoffs: 3 Grey Cup: 0
Jeremiah was signed by the Lions as a free agent on February 10, 2016. After a great debut season as a Lion, he signed a two-year extension in December 2016.
2018: Jeremiah appeared in 13 games for the Lions, making 12 starts at tail back for the Lions. The former Oregon Duck was productive on the ground for the Leos, running for 633 yards on 120 carries with five touchdowns. He added 40 receptions for 308 yards to his impressive stat line. Jeremiah also returned six kickoffs for 132 yards. He served as the backup running back in the East Division Semi-Final against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, toting the rock one time for 17 yards and running back six kickoffs for 151 yards.
2017: Taking on the role as the club’s full-time feature running back, Jeremiah responded with a career season rolling up 913 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on 158 carries while adding another 542 yards and three majors on 48 receptions. With 17 starts on the year and an offensive threat each time he touched the ball, Jeremiah also chipped in on special teams with 157 kickoff return yards which gave him 1,612 combined yards, second only to teammate Chris Rainey.
2016: A noteworthy debut season as a Lion for the third-year tailback as Jeremiah saw the majority of game action while platooning the position with teammate Anthony Allen.
Starting 11 of the team’s 18 regular season games, he recorded 809 yards on 138 carries (5.9 avg) with seven touchdowns. Jeremiah hit the 100-yard mark in three of his 11 games and had more than 70 rushing yards in two other starts. His 159-yard effort versus Montreal was a season-high for the Leos and a career-high for Johnson.
Versatile and athletic, Jeremiah added another 131 yards on 12 receptions. His playoff debut in the Western Semi-Final was particularly outstanding as he piled-up 110 yards on 11 carries including a 40-yard romp for a major in the win over Winnipeg. He added another 54 yards on eight carries in the Western Final.
2014-2015: After splitting his first 10 regular season games between Ottawa and Toronto in 2014, Johnson appeared in 10 contests for the RedBlacks in 2015 totaling 97 rushes for 448 yards and nine touchdowns. Over 20 regular season appearances, the Los Angeles native has notched 796 yards on 156 carries with 12 majors and has added another 434 yards and two touchdowns on 62 receptions.
2009 – 2013: Jeremiah signed as a free agent with the Houston Texans in 2009 and eventually made stops in Washington, Carolina and Denver in 2010 before spending most of 2011-2013 with Denver on the club’s practice and active rosters.
2005 – 2009: Jeremiah enjoyed a productive four-year, 40-game run at Oregon totaling 2,336 rushing yards and 30 touchdowns on 349 carries – good enough for sixth overall among running back in Ducks’ history. Versatile and athletic, he also added 36 career receptions for 303 yards and a touchdown. As a senior in 2008, he gained 1,201 yards on 168 carries which helped him earn a Second-Team All-Pac 10 nod.
Jeremiah attended with University of Oregon and graduated in 2009. He says that if he wasn’t playing football he would be pursuing a career in social work or giving back to the community. Jeremiah places high value on giving back and mentoring kids as he explains how they are our future. He has two children of his own, daughter Jordan and son Isaac. Jeremiah’s biggest football memory to date is making it to the Grey Cup with the Ottawa REDBLACKS, reminiscing on how cool it was seeing fans from all teams there supporting the game. Jeremiah says his proud wife, Shanel, is his biggest fan and recognizes his mom, grandma and father-in-law as his heroes.