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The Legacy Of Conference USA Running Backs

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The NFL has seen few backs as explosive as Tennessee's Chris Johnson. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images.
The NFL has seen few backs as explosive as Tennessee's Chris Johnson. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images.

It takes a rare player to average more than 1,300 yards rushing per season, and an even more special player to gain over 2,000 yards in a single season. Well, Chris Johnson is that kind of special player. Johnson has been known for his speed and his unique running skills since his playing days at East Carolina.

Since entering the NFL in 2008, Johnson has been one of the best backs in the entire NFL. His super-human speed (a 4.28 at the NFL Combine) and quick cutting ability make Johnson nearly impossible to stop.