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January 20, 2011

Johnson Named to D3football.com All-Decade Fourth Team

Chad Johnson, the starting quarterback on three Pacific Lutheran teams that advanced to NCAA Division III football postseason play, has been named to the D3football.com All-Decade Fourth Team.

The D3football.com All-Decade team of the 2000s encompasses the years 2000-09, and to be eligible a player had to either finish his career, or play the majority of his career, during that span. In Johnson's case, he finished his outstanding PLU career in 2000, leading the Lutes into the second round of the playoffs one year after they beat Rowan (N.J.), 42-13, to win the Division III national championship.

In 2000, Johnson won the prestigious Gagliardi Trophy, awarded to the Division III Player of the Year for exhibiting excellence in athletics, academics and community service. A consensus first team All-America quarterback that year, Johnson completed nearly 65 percent of his passes for 3,304 yards and 26 touchdowns, and he ranked fourth in the country with 325.7 yards of total offense per game.

During his career, Johnson passed for 8,081 yards and established new school records by completing almost 62 percent (569-for-922) of his passes, and by throwing at least one touchdown pass in 22 consecutive games.

Johnson graduated with a 3.48 grade point average as a business administration major. Now a youth pastor, Johnson and his wife, Michelle, have three children and live in Fresno, Calif.

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