Diontae Johnson Climbs Pittsburgh Steelers’ All-Time Receiving Yards List
Diontae Johnson has made a noteworthy achievement in his career as a receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers. In the recent game against the Jaguars, Johnson surpassed both Super Bowl XLIII MVP Santonio Holmes and former Pro Bowl wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster to claim the 12th spot on the Steelers’ all-time list for career receiving yards.
Before Sunday’s game, Johnson had accumulated 3,773 career receiving yards, trailing closely behind Holmes’ 3,835 yards and Smith-Schuster’s 3,855 yards during their respective tenures with the team.
Holmes, a first-round pick in 2006, is most remembered for his memorable game-winning catch in the Steelers’ triumph over the Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII. He spent four out of his nine NFL seasons in Pittsburgh and retired as a member of the Steelers in October 2017.
Johnson and Smith-Schuster were teammates from 2019 to 2021. Together, they contributed significantly during the 2020 season, combining for 185 receptions, 1,754 yards, and 16 touchdowns, ultimately helping the Steelers secure the AFC North division title.
Johnson, a third-round pick from Toledo in 2019, achieved his first Pro Bowl selection in 2021. He led the Steelers in receptions, with 107 catches for 1,161 yards and eight touchdowns. Last season, he also led the team in receiving yards, playing a pivotal role in turning around the Steelers’ season from a 2-7 start to a 9-8 finish.
After missing four games due to a hamstring injury, Johnson made a strong return to the lineup last week. He caught five of six targets for 79 yards, greatly contributing to the Steelers’ victory over the Rams in Los Angeles.