Larry Johnson probably would not win a popularity contest.
When he (rightfully) receives his Chiefs Hall of Fame induction someday, it will be interesting to see how Chiefs fans react.
Johnson was popular at one point in his career. His number was called in 2004, and fans were nervous about whether or not he could fill in for Priest Holmes. He stepped up when the Chiefs needed him in the final six games of the season, rushing for 541 yards and earning a start in the final three games of the season.
After Holmes was limited due to more injuries, Johnson really shined, running for over 1,700 in back-to-back seasons. Johnson scored a total of 40 touchdowns in 2005 and 2006, and he played a big role in helping the Chiefs stay alive and reach the 2006 postseason.
But then, his heroic game-changing ability disappeared. Struggling immensely, Johnson missed 13 games in 2007 and 2008 due to injuries and suspensions.
Had Johnson managed to remain on the field, he could be Kansas City’s all-time rushing leader, as he finished second in franchise history, falling 55 yards shy of Holmes.
Despite his struggles, Johnson still brought a lot to Kansas City, and he is the only Chiefs player to ever rush for over 1,700 yards and do so in back-to-back seasons.