Pro Bowler CB Johnathan Joseph Announces Retirement

Johnathan Joseph with the Texans
Johnathan Joseph with the Texans. Photo by Trask Smith/CSM/Shutterstock

Two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Johnathan Joseph announced his retirement from the NFL on Thursday. Joseph played 15 seasons as a pro and most notably suited up for the Cincinnati Bengals and Houston Texans.

In a series of posts on Twitter, Joseph thanked everyone who helped him achieve his “childhood goal of making it to the NFL.”

“It was an honor to play the game at the highest level, and I’m looking forward to starting the next chapter of my life,” he added.

Joseph split the 2020 season between the Tennessee Titans and Arizona Cardinals, finishing the year with 11 games under his belt. He had 32 tackles, five pass deflections, one forced fumble, and one interception before ending the season early due to an injury.

After a standout college career with South Carolina, Johnathan Joseph was drafted in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Bengals. Following the completion of his rookie contract, Joseph decided to turn down multiple offers from Cincinnati and ended up signing with the Houston Texans.

In Houston, Joseph emerged as a reliable cornerback with a Pro Bowl pedigree. He earned two consecutive Pro Bowl nods in 2011 and 2012, while also being selected to Second Team All-Pro a couple of times.

He finishes his career with 787 tackles, 200 pass deflections, 32 interceptions, and eight defensive touchdowns to his name.