Charles Johnson, a first-round pick by the Steelers, dies at 50

Former NFL and Colorado Buffaloes wide receiver Charles Johnson has died at 50.

Johnson’s death was confirmed by the University of Colorado. The cause of Johnson’s death is unknown.

WNCN-TV in Raleigh reported Wednesday that police found a body in a hotel room Sunday during a welfare check at a Hampton Inn and Suites and that a preliminary investigation indicated no signs of foul play.

After a standout collegiate career at Colorado, Johnson was a first-round draft pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

After being selected with the No. 17 overall pick in the 1994 draft, Johnson went on to play nine NFL seasons, playing five years with the Steelers, two with the Philadelphia Eagles, one with the New England Patriots and spending his final season of 2002 with the Buffalo Bills. Johnson was a member of the Steelers team that advanced to Super Bowl XXX and the Patriots team that won Super Bowl XXXVI.

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