The St. Charles Museum and Historical Association and the River Road Historical Society will stage an exhibit honoring Saints wide receiver coach Curtis Johnson Jr., opening with a ceremony at 11 a.m. Feb. 20 at the Caire House on the grounds of Destrehan Plantation.
“Who Dat Making History” will include Johnson’s personal artifacts and items from the current Saints’ football team. The exhibit will run from Feb. 20-26 during the plantation’s normal hours of operation, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Admission is $5, and visitors should enter through the gift shop.
Johnson, a graduate of St. Charles Borromeo High School in Destrehan, came onboard with the Saints organization in 2006 after two decades in college coaching. Over his last three seasons with the Saints, he has worked with both veteran and young wide receivers, all benefiting from his guidance.
Receiver Lance Moore was the latest player guided by Johnson to emerge as a key contributor. Moore has gone from the practice squad in 2006 to the Saints’ reception leader last year with 79 catches for 928 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Johnson’s high-energy teaching style has also advanced the career of Marques Colston, who has gone from being the fourth-to-last player selected in the 2006 NFL draft to posting 215 receptions for 3,000 yards and 24 touchdowns. In 2006 and 2007, Colston had 168 grabs - More than any player in NFL history for a player in his first two seasons.
The group of standouts under his direction while at the University of Miami and his prior stop at San Diego State includes some of the top wide receivers over the last decade, including NFL first-round picks Andre Johnson, Santana Moss, Reggie Wayne, Yatil Green and Darnay Scott.
Johnson began his coaching career as a receivers coach at Lewiston (Idaho) High School in 1984, serving for three seasons before holding a similar position at the University of Idaho. He spent 1987 and 1988 at Idaho before becoming receivers coach at San Diego State. His next stop was at Southern Methodist in 1994 before becoming wide receivers coach in 1995 at the University of California.
Johnson and his wife, Angel, have six children - Janene, Kiejon, Curtis III, Aaron, Angele and Justin.
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