Former Super Bowl Champion, First-Round Wide Receiver Reportedly Dead At 50

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On Tuesday night, the NFL world got some hard news when a longtime wide receiver passed away.

Charles Johnson, who won the Super Bowl with the New England Patriots,

According to a report in CBS17, he passed away this week. He was 50 years old.

The TV station said the cause of Johnson's death is currently unknown.

Johnson served as the Assistant Athletic Director at Heritage High School.

The Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Johnson in 1994 with the 17th overall pick out from Colorado.

He played five seasons with the Steelers,

where he had a 1,000-yard season.

Johnson played two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.

He eventually joined the New England Patriots,

Where he won the Super Bowl ring in 2001.

In his career, Johnson caught 354 passes for 4,606 yards with 24 touchdowns.

He started 87 of the 133 matches he played.