Keyshawn Johnson Announces Death of Daughter, Maia, NFL World Responds

by Joe Rutland

The pro football world is responding to the sad news that Maia Johnson, daughter of former NFL wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson, has died.

Johnson announced the news in a statement on Twitter on Monday afternoon. Maia Johnson was 25 years old. No immediate word on cause of death has been released.

The reaction has poured in from teams and individuals who know Johnson personally.

Jets, Others Express Sorrow for Keyshawn Johnson

The New York Jets, one of the teams Johnson played for in his career, said on Twitter, “Please accept our condolences. Our thoughts are with you and your family, Keyshawn.”

Jemele Hill, a contributing writer for “The Atlantic” and former ESPN colleague also said on Twitter, “So very sorry for your loss.”

Seth Markman, ESPN Vice President, Production, sent out his condolences. Markman said, “Heartbroken for you. Your countless friends are here for you. Rest easy Maia”.

Steve Wyche, an analyst and host for NFL Network, said, “OMG. Condolences Key.”

ESPN also released a statement upon receiving the news.

Johnson Played For 4 Teams During NFL Career

In 167 games, Johnson played for the Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, and Carolina Panthers. Johnson retired from the NFL in 2006. He caught 814 passes for 10,571 yards and 64 touchdowns.

He was the first overall pick by the Jets in the 1996 NFL Draft. After one season with the Panthers, Johnson was released in 2007. He announced his retirement from the NFL on May 23, 2007.

Johnson now works for ESPN in Los Angeles, where he was a standout player for the USC Trojans.

People within the pro football world and beyond continue offering Johnson and his family their condolences. Outsider joins them in doing the same.