Former Super Bowl champion Charles Johnson dies aged 50

It was sadly confirmed on Wednesday that former Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots receiver Charles Johnson has died aged 50.

The University of Colorado announced the devastating news on Wednesday night that former NFL wide receiver Charles Johnson has died.

Johnson spent nine years of his career in the NFL with stints at the Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles and Buffalo Bills.

He ended his time in the league as a Super Bowl champion after lifting the Lombardi Trophy with the Patriots in 2001.

The California-born receiver racked up 354 receptions for 4,606 yards and 24 touchdowns during his glistening career.

His cause of death has not been announced.

Following his time in Colorado, Johnson was drafted by the Steelers with the 17th overall pick in 1994. Johnson played the majority of his career in Pittsburgh.

From 1994 through 1998, Johnson was a starter and a contributor for Bill Cowher's Steelers, who went to the playoffs in each of Johnson's first four years with the club. Johnson, however, was on injured reserve when the Steelers advanced to Super Bowl XXX and fell to the Dallas Cowboys, 27-17.

Two seasons with the Eagles followed in 1999 and 2000, before Johnson spent solitary seasons at both the Patriots and Bills before retiring from the sport in 2002 aged 30.

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