In his only season starting at Auburn, Rudi rushed for 1,567 yards on 324 carries with 13 touchdowns in 2000.
Johnson, a fourth round pick in 2001, rose to stardom in 2003 as then starter Corey Dillon missed most of the season. Rudi rushed for 957 yards and nine touchdowns in only nine games helping the Bengals go 8-8, one of their few non-losing seasons in the last decade. He became an instant fan favorite for his hard work ethic reminiscent of Rudy from the same-titled movie.
The following year Johnson rushed for 1,454 yards and 12 touchdowns, earning his only Pro Bowl in an 8-8 season. In 2005 he performed an encore with 1,458 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns, helping the Bengals to 11-5 and their most recent playoff appearance.
Johnson ran for 1,309 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2006 before gassing out with injuries in 2007, rushing for 497 yards and three touchdowns in nine starts. Rudi was shopped as trade bait for wide receiver help this preseason, but to no avail.