Former Football Standout Chad Johnson Contributes a Scholarship

Aug. 23, 2001

Corvallis, Ore. - Former Oregon State University split end Chad Johnson, now playing for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League, has announced he is endowing a scholarship in the amount of $250,000.

'This scholarship is something that I wanted to do for the school from the moment I arrived on campus,' Johnson said. 'I want the school to be able to help others as they helped me. I hope this gift acts as both a challenge and example to the other OSU student-athletes to give something back to the institution that helped make your success possible.'

Johnson played the 2000 season for Head Coach Dennis Erickson and the Beavers, amassing 37 receptions for 806 yards and eight touchdowns. He was on the receiving end of a school-record 97-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jonathan Smith in OSU's 38-6 victory over Stanford.

'Chad made a tremendous impact on our football program,' OSU Director of Athletics Mitch Barnhart said. 'He is a young man who was given an opportunity to play college football, and he wants to give other young men the same opportunity. His generosity is very much appreciated by Oregon State University, and he will long be remembered for his contributions on the field, and now most importantly, off the field improving the lives of future Beavers.'

Johnson concluded his OSU career earning All-Pacific-10 Conference Honorable Mention, and was selected to play in the Senior Bowl All-Star Classic. He was later the 36th overall selection in the NFL Draft by the Bengals.

'His generosity certainly doesn't surprise me, he's that kind of a person,' Erickson said. 'Chad is one of the most gifted individuals on and off the field I have ever coached. He will be successful in the NFL, but more importantly he will be successful in life. I am very grateful for his donation to help this program achieve success for future seasons.'

Johnson arrived on the OSU campus in August of 2000 from Santa Monica Junior College in California. While at Santa Monica he caught 120 passes for 2,100 yards and 23 touchdowns.

'We wish him great success in his professional career, and know he will do an outstanding job representing Oregon State University,' Barnhart added. 'He has set a fine example for future Oregon State student-athletes to establish a tradition of supporting their alma mater.'

Johnson has already made a huge impact with the Bengals in just two preseason games. As of Aug. 20, he led the AFC for receiving yards with 137 on seven receptions. He has scored one touchdown, a 16-yard strike from Scott Mitchell in the team's victory over Detroit Aug. 10.

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