Brent would begin a new role as a rotation player. Forced back into action as a starter when injuries affected the defensive line, Brent responded with a seven-sack season. He shared the team lead with Korey Banks and earned his fifth career West Division All-Star honour. He also recorded 29 defensive tackles, three forced fumbles, two pass knockdowns and one tackle for a loss. Brent has 168 consecutive games-played. Johnson set a new all-time team mark also with his 83rd career sack during the final regular season game.
Brent played all 18 games starting at defensive end and recorded 39 tackles and six sacks.
Brent registered his seventh consecutive season playing in all 18 games for BC at defensive end and ranked third on the club with 10 sacks hitting double figures for the fifth straight year. He grabbed his fourth career interception on Jun 26/08 at Calgary and had three games with 2 sacks. Brent was named Canadian Player-of-the-Week in Week #7 vs Calgary with 2 sacks and a forced fumble. His nose for the ball has resulted in 142 tackles, 65 sacks, 15 fumble returns, 11 forced fumbles, 17 pass knockdowns and even two offensive TDs in the last five seasons.
Did not miss a game starting all 18 contests. With his 12 sacks in 2007 he finished in 3rd spot in the CFL and trailed only league-leading teammate Cameron Wake for club honours. Led the CFL with 4 forced fumbles giving him 11 in a span of 5 seasons. His 4 fumble recoveries led the team in 2007 and he recorded his first CFL defensive touchdown on Sep 15/07 vs Toronto with a 25-yard return.
A season to remember for the six-year Lion as he rolled through opposition defenses on his way to a league-leading 16 sacks over 18 regular season games. The CFL’s selection as the Outstanding Defensive Player and Outstanding Canadian led a dominant defensive unit and added a West Division and CFL All-Star selection to his list of accomplishments. Johnson also tallied 22 defensive tackles, three TFL, two interceptions, three fumble recoveries and two touchdown receptions.
Started all 18 regular season games for the Lions at defensive end recording a CFL-leading 17 sacks while ranking second in the CFL with 5 fumble recoveries. Named to the CFL All-Star team and received the Most Outstanding Canadian Player Award (only the fourth Lion to receive the award in team history).
Named to the West Division All-Star Team after a year in which he set a then career-high with 10 sacks and knocked down 5 passes. Named CFL Lineman of the Month for September 2004 and Lineman of the Week for Week #11.
Johnson played his college football with the Ohio State Buckeyes, winning both the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl. During his senior year in 2000, he was named to the All-Big 10 team. In addition, he made Ohio State’s Dean’s List for academic excellence.
Johnson grew up idolizing hockey player Paul Coffey before ultimately dedicating himself to football. He now lists his favourite athletes as the late linebacker Derrick Thomas and retired linebacker Chris Spielman. When not playing football, Johnson enjoys playing hockey and the guitar, snowboarding, and going to the beach. Johnson is involved with the BC Children’s Hospital in addition to other Lions charitable endeavors and community programs. During the Lions season, Brent can be seen as a special guest on Sportsnet Connected and can be heard on 99.3 The Fox’s afternoon show. A native of Kingston, Ontario, Brent lives in Vancouver with his wife, Lara.