Johnny Knox Early Life, Family, Football, Injury & Net Worth

Football is, undoubtedly, one of the world’s most popular games, and Johnny Knox is a professional wide receiver from America. Best known for his skill as a wide receiver, he began playing since high school, and as a professional, he played with Chicago Bears.

The wide receiver received limited playing time and suffered from an injury due to which he retired from football. However, after retirement from football, Knox worked as a coach with different football clubs.

Although Knox doesn’t have a super bowl ring for his career, the wide receiver has stolen many football fans’ hearts with his speed and exceptional playing skills.

Johnny Knox
Johnny Knox

Here’s more on the rise and fall of the former wide receiver Johnny Knox. Hence, stick with us till the end to know more about Johnny Otis Knox II.

Quick Facts

Full Name Johnny Otis Knox II
Birth Date November 3, 1986
Birth Place Houston, Texas
Nick Name Johnny Knox
Religion Unknown
Nationality American
Ethnicity Mixed
Education Channelview High School

Tyler Junior College

Abilene Christian University

Horoscope Scorpio
Father’s Name Unknown
Mother’s Name Unknown
Siblings Unknown
Age 52 years
Height 6 ft (1.83 m)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Shoe Size Unknown
Hair Color Brown
Eye Color Dark Brown
Body Measurement Not available
Build Athletic
Married Yes
Wife SanDerriqua
Kids Yes (4)
Profession Football Player
Position Wide Receiver/ Return Specialist
Active Years  2009-2012
Clubs  Chicago Bears
Awards Pro Bowl (2009)
Net Worth 17 Million
Social Media Twitter

Johnny Knox: Early Life, Family, and Education

Jonny was born on November 3, 1986, in Houston, Texas. He spent his childhood in Texas with his parents and siblings. Unfortunately, the information regarding his parents and siblings is not mentioned anywhere.

Talking about Knox’s education, he attended Channelview High School located in  Channelview, Texas. After graduating from Channelview, Johnny joined Tyler Junior College. In 2007, the professional football player went to Abilene Christian University for a high study degree.

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Sadly, the wide receiver has not much revealed much information regarding his childhood experiences. If found, the readers will be updated soon.

Johnny Knox: Age, Height, and Body Measurements

As of 2020, Johnny is 25 years old, born under the sun-sign Scorpio. The people having the Scorpio sun-sign are believed to be deep and emotional with leadership skills in them. When we go through Knox’s life, he somewhere relates to the character of his horoscope.

Knox Close-up Look
Knox Close-up Look

The former football player Johnny is also known as Johnny Otis Knox II by his birth name. However, he is more famous for his name Johnny Knox. When describing Johnny’s physical appearance, he stands at an outstanding height of 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) and weighing around 190 lb (86 kg).

Young Knox
Young Knox

Likewise, Knox has got shiny brown hair with dark brown pair of eyes. Sadly the body measurement of Johnny is still unknown to the public. Johnny is American when it comes to his nationality and follows mixed ethnicity. However, the religion he follows is still unknown at the moment.

Johnny Knox: Football Career

Early Career

Johnny began his career in football after joining Tyler Junior College. After entering the junior college football team, he led the team with 884 yards and 12 touchdowns. Moreover, with this achievement, Knox was named as No. 9 junior college receiver.

Knox on Football Ground
Knox on Football Ground

After joining the Abilene Christian University, he joined the Abilene Christian Wildcats football team. He finished his first season at the university with 62 receptions for 1,158 yards and 17 touchdowns. In 2008 Knox received 56 receptions for 1,069 yards and 13 touchdowns. After receiving 30 touchdowns in Abilene history, he earned second-team All-America honors in 2008.

Likewise, Johnny received the honor to participate in the 2009 Texas vs The Nation championships scoring 3 receptions for 55 yards.

Professional Career

After a successful career at the college and university level, Knox joined Chicago Bears for the 2009 NFL draft. In the first game with Green Bay Packers, he scored 68 yards receptions. The game was held on September 13, 2009.

Similarly, in the second game against Pittsburgh Steelers, Johnny received his first NFL touchdown and tied the game with a score of 14-14. Luckily, in the third game against Seattle Seahawks, he recorded another touchdown with 7-yard receptions. After playing against Detroit Lions in the fourth game of the season, he scored a touchdown with a 102-yard kickoff return.

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Unfortunately, while fighting up the match with Vikings, Knox suffered from an ankle injury on November 29, 2009.

Knox Playing for Chicago Bears
Knox Playing for Chicago Bears

After a short recovery period, he returned and finished the 2009 season with 45 receptions, 527 yards, and 5 touchdowns. He was ranked second in the NFL  for return yard average with 29.0.

Johnny Knox’s Injury

Johnny was selected for the 2010 Pro Bowl on January 25, 2010. In his Pro Bowl debut, he scored four kicks for 103 yards. The wide receiver finished his 2010 career with 960 yards, 51 receptions, and 5 receiving touchdowns. Similarly, his career achievements of the 2011 year include 727 yards and second rank in the NFL.

Knox Collided on Ground
Knox Collided on Ground

Unfortunately, on December 18, 2011, Knox suffered from a spinal cord injury that required him to have immediate surgery. The incident took place when Knox struck with Anthony Hargrove when playing a game against Seattle Seahawks. 

Likewise, Knox required immediate surgery in his vertebra on December 19, 2011. The injury was more severe than anticipated as Johnny suffered from some nerve damage as well. Following the incident, Bears immediately place Knox on injured reserve.

Hargrove expressed his regret to Knox for the incident. Even though Knox never heard from Hargrove again, he could feel his opponent’s concern over his injury.

“I was in the hospital, but I didn’t have my phone on me. (Lynch) left a message to see how I was doing, to try to see if I was OK. That also meant a lot to me.”

After a short recovery break, the wide receiver was back on the ground for the 2012 NFL seasons. Despite therapy treatment, the player was not able to stand comfortably. Certainly not being able to play is disheartening but Knox focused more on his future.

“I feel good. I’m standing, that’s the main thing. It could be worse than it is now. But for me to be able to walk after an injury like that. I’m pressing forward.”

To this Knox added,

“I can’t worry about the past. I’ve just got to keep looking forward to me, my family, my kids. That’s what it’s about.”

With this, the Chicago team released Johnny on February 12, 3013, and right the next day, on February 14, the wide receiver announced his retirement from football.

Life After Football- Post Injury

Johnny Knox’s career is not only limited to a wide receiver player. Although he announced the retirement from the football career at a young age, Knox contributes to football sports as a coach.

Knox(right) as a Coach
Knox(right) as a CoachKnox(right) as a Coach

After a two-year gap from the retirement, Johnny served as a coaching intern with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. There he was hired by Lovie Smith, who is a former head coach of Chicago Bears.

Later on, Knox worked at Carmel High School as a football staff team member in 2018.

Johnny Knox: Wife and Kids

Johnny fans are eager to know about the hips and happenings in his life. Knox is best known for his playing and coaching skills, along with the happy family background. He is a happily married man and is a proud husband and proud father of his children.

Knox with Wife
Knox with Wife

Knox is married to his beautiful wife, SanDerriqua Knox. Sadly, there is no information regarding Knox’s love story with SanDerriqua and how their marriage ceremony took place.

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However, the couples are blessed with four children and are often seen in parties and public places now and again.

Knox Family
Knox Family

Also, Knox’s couple’s relation is quite romantic and happy. Johnny is a caring partner and is always loyal to his partner. There is no rumor of Johnny alleged with another girl or having extra-marital affairs. Knox couples have never been in controversy or rumor, and there are no issues of divorce between these couples.

Johnny Knox: Net Worth and Salary

Being a professional American wide receiver, Johnny has made a successful career throughout his life. Knox has been active as a professional since 2009-2012. Likewise, he has earned a lot of name and fame and a hefty amount of wealth through his unique football skills.

As of 2020, Johnny Knox’s net-worth is estimated to be around $17 million.

Most of the income source of Johnny Knox comes from his football and coaching career. Moving on to Knox’s salary amount, his salary is estimated to be around $488,500.

Jonny retired from football after he suffered from an injury. But he wanted an injury settlement to improve his financial condition. So Knox received an amount of $40,000 as an injury settlement. This was the largest settlement amount a Bears player could receive.

Aside from football, the wide receiver is affiliated with various brand endorsements and ads.

Johnny Knox’s Social Media Presence

Johnny is one of the most happening’s names in the football world. With his playing skill and career achievements, there is no doubt that the former wide receiver has many fans following worldwide.

But despite this fact, the wide receiver doesn’t have a huge social media involvement as one would assume. Johnny is active on Twitter and shares most of the important events and career highlights through this platform.

On Twitter, Johnny is active as @Jknox13 making 42.3k followers to date. Likewise, he joined Twitter in April 2010 and has made around 1,963 tweets. Also, his Twitter bio says I’m Not A Star……..’.

Unfortunately, Knox is not active on popular social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter. But he is seen in different interviews explaining the stuff related to his personal life and career.

Some FAQs

1.What made Johnny retired from football?

Johnny retired from football after suffering from a spinal cord injury.

2. Is Johnny Knox paralyzed?

Johnny Knox is not paralyzed. But after suffering from a horrific back injury, he was a centimetre away from being paralyzed.

3.When did Johnny Knox’s career start?

Johnny Knox’s career started in 2009.

4. Which position does Johnny plays for?

Johnny plays as a wide receiver/return specialist.

5. What is the jersey number of Knox?

Knox jersey number is 13.

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