Born: September 26, 1989 – Mesa, Arizona
2018: Years as a Lion: 1st Years in CFL: 3rd Status: International
Career Games: 19 Playoffs: 2 Grey Cup: 1 (2016 w/OTT)
Keelan signed as a free agent with the Lions on February 15, 2018.
2017: Keelan had a breakout showing for the Ottawa RedBlacks in 2017, leading the league with 29 special teams tackles. The versatile second year defensive back also recorded 13 tackles on defense through 18 games. Johnson continued his strong play in the postseason, registering a pair of special teams stops and forcing one fumble in the East Semi-Final against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
2016: Johnson only appeared in one regular season game for the RedBlacks in his debut season, but he made it count. A pair of defensive tackles and a special teams tackle, including a physical hit on Rory Kohlert of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, was enough to warrant a spot on Ottawa’s playoff roster. Keelan recorded two special teams stops in the East Final and added another special teams tackle in the RedBlacks’ Grey Cup victory against the Calgary Stampeders.
2013-2015: The Miami Dolphins signed Keelan as an undrafted free agent in 2013. After a strong preseason with the Dolphins, the Philadelphia Eagles signed Johnson to their practice squad. He was elevated to the active roster for the final two games of the regular season and recorded one tackle in his NFL debut. Keelan joined the Dallas Cowboys in January of 2015, but was released by the club prior to the start of training camp. Johnson was picked up by the Seattle Seahawks in August, but was let go during final cuts.
2008-2012: Keelan originally was recruited to play wide receiver at Arizona State, but ended up spending four seasons covering receivers for the Sun Devils. He recorded 169 tackles, four tackles for a loss, one sack, 11 pass breakups and eight interceptions across 49 games. Keelan’s was a team captain as a senior and he had his best statistical season, registering 88 tackles, eight pass breakups and five interceptions in games en route to earning a PAC 12 honourable mention recognition. Johnson participated in the East-West Shrine Game following his final season in Tempe.
Keelan hit the books while at Arizona State, exiting with a double major in sociology and African American studies. He cites winning the 104th Grey Cup as a member of the RedBlacks and leading the CFL in special teams tackles in 2017 as his proudest accomplishments on the field. The father of two enjoys listening to music, hiking and playing Xbox when he has free time. Keelan always admired the way Sean Taylor and Brian Dawkins played the game and he tries to emulate them when he is on the field. Keelan loves photography and is excited to take advantage of the beautiful scenery British Columbia has to offer.