Former Texans, Colts wide receiver Andre Johnson calls it a career

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HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 2: Andre Johnson #81 of the Tennessee Titans runs after getting pitched the ball agains the Houston Texans in the fourth quarter at NRG Stadium on October 2, 2016 in Houston, Texas. Texans won 27 to 20. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Sometimes a Hall of Fame career doesn’t have a Hall of Fame ending.

That’s the case for Tennessee Titans wide receiver Andre Johnson, who told his teammates that he planned to retire after playing eight games this season. For the Titans, Johnson caught nine passes for 85 yards and two touchdowns, including a game-winning reception in Week 2 against the Detroit Lions. He joined the team on July 30 after spending a season with the Indianapolis Colts.

The numbers with Tennessee make his 2015-2016 campaign in Indianapolis look slightly better. Johnson caught 41 passes for 503 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games for Indy during the team’s disappointing 8-8 campaign.

The 35-year-old spent the bulk of his NFL career with the Houston Texans. He amassed 1,012 receptions for 13,597 yards and 64 touchdowns over 12 seasons with the Texans. All are franchise records. Johnson was also a seven-time Pro Bowler.

“Going back to his days at the University of Miami, Andre was one of the most impressive wide receivers I’ve scouted,” Titans General Manager Jon Robinson said in a statement. “He had a professional approach to the game both on and off the field and in my opinion is one of the best to have played the game. I enjoyed getting to know and work with him in his time with our team. He certainly contributed to this team – making the game-winning catch at Detroit and his daily interaction with the young wide receivers. We wish him nothing but the best moving forward in whatever endeavors he chooses.”

For his career, Johnson finished with 1,062 catches for 14,185 yards and 70 touchdowns. He had seven 1,000-yard seasons.