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Christopher Lloyd Johnson (born 30 May 1976) is a former professional Australian rules footballer.
His career highlights as an Australian Football League (AFL) player include three premierships with Brisbane, All-Australian selection, captain of the Australian International Rules team and inclusion in the Indigenous Team of the Century.
Johnson was one of eight players to transfer to Brisbane when Fitzroy merged with the Brisbane Bears to form the Brisbane Lions and became the last Fitzroy Lion to play in the AFL. After retiring from playing professionally, Johnson started coaching and is playing and coaching Essendon District Football League team Avondale Heights Football Club for seasons 2010 and 2011.
Johnson began his professional AFL career with Fitzroy in 1994.
He was one of eight players allowed to transfer to Brisbane when Fitzroy merged with the Brisbane Bears to form the Brisbane Lions. His career highlights include three premierships with Brisbane, All-Australian selection and inclusion in the Indigenous Team of the Century.
Johnson is renowned for his creative play and composure running out of defence. Nevertheless, his 2007 preseason saw him playing as regularly in the forward line and the midfield as a defender, signalling the club's intention to use him as an impact player.
Johnson was appointed co-captain of the Lions in 2007, alongside Simon Black, Luke Power, Jonathan Brown, and Nigel Lappin.
On Friday 31 August 2007, Johnson announced his retirement from Football at seasons end. Johnson was the last Fitzroy Lion to play in the AFL.
In the 2005 International Rules series, Johnson was named co-captain along with Andrew McLeod. Johnson started a brawl by close line tackling one of the Irish team. After this he was seen to search around for other players to strike. During the course of the brawl he punched four Irish players. He was suspended for five matches after pleading guilty to striking, ruling him out until the second Test in 2008.
Following his AFL career, he remained involved in the game. He became a runner for the Brisbane Lions, appearing in Round 11 against Fremantle Dockers. Then he shifted into coaching. On Friday 14 September 2007, Johnson signed on with the club as a full-time development coach for the Brisbane Lions. His job is to continue to assist in the development of the club's young playing list in the new position and to show off field leadership. He was promoted to assistant coach to Michael Voss.
He coached Brisbane school and AFL powerhouse St Peters Lutheran College for two years, posting a 10-0 record over his two year tenure as the head coach for the opens team. They captured the 2007 and 2008 AIC AFL Premiership after defeating Iona College in the Grand Final on both occasions, before the competition was abandoned due to an increase of in game fights. In 2008, the school defeated Cairns school Djarragun College at the Gabba, before the Lions-Saints game, in an exhibition match to promote the AFL's indegenous round.
In February 2009, Johnson coached the Indigenous All-Stars to victory against Adelaide in Darwin. Chris Johnson is the cousin of Samuel Johnson who was appointed coach of EDFL club Avondale Heights Football Club for season 2010 and 2011.