Charles Johnson — a former NFL first-round draft pick and Super Bowl champion — has died at 50 years old.
The North Carolina high school he had been working at as an assistant athletic director confirmed the sad news on Tuesday … writing in a tweet, “RIP Coach. You will be missed by so many, especially your Husky Family.”
No cause of death has been revealed.
Johnson was taken by the Pittsburgh Steelers at #17 overall in the 1994 NFL Draft — just a few picks after the Colts took Marshall Faulk — and he went on to have a solid pro career.
The 6-foot, 200-pound wide receiver played nine years in the league for the Steelers, Eagles, Patriots and Bills … piling up 4,606 receiving yards and 24 TDs in his career.
Johnson ended up being a part of Tom Brady‘s first-ever Super Bowl win — he was on the 2001 New England team that beat Kurt Warner‘s Rams at SB XXXVI.
He left the NFL following the 2002 season.