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    Brad Johnson: $3.9 million and it's yours

    Originally published July 19, 2006

    [size=18px]$3.9 million and it's yours[/size]

    By Gerald Ensley
    DEMOCRAT SENIOR WRITER
    Tallahassee Democrat



    So your dream of being a quarterback in the NFL died back in high school. That doesn't mean you can't live like an NFL quarterback.

    Assuming you're willing to spend $3.9 million.

    That's how much NFL star and former Florida State quarterback Brad Johnson is asking for his Tallahassee mansion, replete with gymnasium, movie theater, game room and waterfall.

    It is the highest price ever listed for a single family home in the history of the Tallahassee Board of Realtors.

    "And it will sell," promised real-estate agent Don Ford. "We've had a lot of nibbles. "

    The home is on Heartland Circle, a gated enclave of homes surrounding Moore Pond, off Ox Bottom Road. The two-story house, built in 2001, encompasses 14,000 square feet, including a 3,600-square-foot gymnasium and exercise room. The waterfall, which echoes the mountain streams of Johnson's native North Carolina, trickles down rocks into a pond in front of the house.

    Johnson, 37, is the starting quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings and is entering his 15th season in the NFL. A two-time Pro Bowler, he led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a Super Bowl title in 2003. He has lived in Tallahassee during the off-season since he graduated from FSU in 1992.

    Johnson and his wife, Nikki, who designed and decorated much of the house, are selling their "dream home" reluctantly. It was on the then-wooded site in 1998 that Johnson proposed to Nikki, a physical therapist and former University of South Florida volleyball star. The couple was married in 1999 and their two sons, Max, 5, and Jake, 3, have lived in the home their entire lives.

    The Johnsons entertain frequently in the house with as many as 200 business and charity associates. Family members visit regularly. Neighborhood children take swimming lessons in the pool, former sports teammates come over for athletic competitions, friends drop in to watch movies and big games.

    But the Johnsons intend to move to Athens, Ga., to be close to their families. Nikki's sister and brother - University of Georgia head football coach Mark Richt - live in Athens. Both their mothers are planning to move to Athens. Johnson's father and sister live nearby.

    Johnson intends to return annually to Tallahassee for the charity golf tournament he hosts to benefit the Ronald McDonald House, as well as for FSU football games after he retires.

    "I've spent over half my life here, and there are so many emotional ties," Johnson said. "The hardest thing is (leaving) friends."

    The Johnsons' home is sumptuous. There are 20-foot-plus ceilings in the great room, kitchen and dining room. The ground-floor master bedroom includes a second-floor office. The theater features a lighted marquee, a concession stand, 10 deeply padded leather seats, a control room and a stage.

    The Johnsons spend most of their time in a creatively painted "Fun Room," where their sons romp through boxes of toys and bounce balls off the walls while watching a big-screen television.

    Johnson hosts friends, such as former FSU quarterbacks Casey Weldon, Peter Tom Willis and Chris Weinke, in the game room, where there is a pool table and a half-dozen "old school" video games, such as Centipede and Ms. Pac Man. Johnson works out daily in the gym, whose exercise room is lined with high-tech weight machines and post-game photos of himself with every opposing quarterback Johnson has beaten while playing with the Vikings, Bucs and Washington Redskins.

    (“Most of them are smiling. They didn't realize I was keeping track," Johnson said.)

    But it will take some serious coin to buy the house.

    Ford estimated the monthly payment on the roughly $4 million mortgage would be about $28,000 - though "Most people would put down $1 million and finance $3 million," Ford said. That brings the monthly payment down to about $21,000. That's before taxes: about $60,000 a year for the next buyer.

    Ford said he's had few local inquiries about the house. But he predicted a buyer would be found among those "who come in and out of here. Lots of folks in South Florida want to get out of that mess, and Brad's in the sports world and he runs into folks."

    Though Johnson's house is the highest-priced ever listed in Tallahassee, it is a record made to be broken. According to the Leon County Property Appraiser's office, 19 homes in Tallahassee have sold for $1 million to $3.7 million in the past year-and-a-half. Farther up Heartland Circle, a physician is building a Tudor-style mansion that "will be more expensive than this," predicted Johnson.

    Johnson, who heads back to Minnesota in late July, is in no rush to sell the house. He hopes to find someone who will enjoy it as much as his family.

    "This is a house made for hosting people. It's made for kids to play in," Johnson said. "It will be a terrible struggle to leave; there are so many memories. That's why we hope the right people move in and do it the right way."


    Contact reporter Gerald Ensley at (850) 599-2310 or [email protected]

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    Re: Brad Johnson: $3.9 million and it's yours

    He's getting paid so little he is forced to sell his house. :lol:

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    Re: Brad Johnson: $3.9 million and it's yours

    $21,000 a month isn't bad.

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    Re: Brad Johnson: $3.9 million and it's yours

    "westvirginiavikings" wrote:
    $21,000 a month isn't bad.
    It actually is pretty damn horrible if your a starting QB in the NFL. May not be bad for you, then again your not ruining your body, your future ability to play with your kids, or even your ability to walk without pain, by getting hit by 350 pound rabid mounds of muscle trained to rip your face off.

    So 21,000 a month would be great cash money for us. For a starting Qb in the NFL? LMAO.....umm........no

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    Re: Brad Johnson: $3.9 million and it's yours

    The old KFFL news shows his total contract @ $6M with a $1.2M signing bonus. That's working for free as a starting NFL QB. My guess is that after they get all the rookies signed they will give him an increase in his allowance so he can go to the movies every once in a while.

    Vikings | Johnson Agrees to Four-year Deal - from www.KFFL.com
    Wed, 16 Mar 2005 11:00:26 -0800

    ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli reports the Minnesota Vikings have agreed to terms with free agent QB Brad Johnson (Buccaneers) on a four-year, $6 million deal. He received a $1.2 million signing bonus as part of the deal.

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    Re: Brad Johnson: $3.9 million and it's yours

    I did the financing for a home on Lake Minnetonka about 6 years ago and the property taxes alone were over 13,000 a month.
    What we've got here is failure to communicate.

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    Re: Brad Johnson: $3.9 million and it's yours

    "Prophet" wrote:
    The old KFFL news shows his total contract @ $6M with a $1.2M signing bonus. That's working for free as a starting NFL QB. My guess is that after they get all the rookies signed they will give him an increase in his allowance so he can go to the movies every once in a while.

    Vikings | Johnson Agrees to Four-year Deal - from www.KFFL.com
    Wed, 16 Mar 2005 11:00:26 -0800

    ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli reports the Minnesota Vikings have agreed to terms with free agent QB Brad Johnson (Buccaneers) on a four-year, $6 million deal. He received a $1.2 million signing bonus as part of the deal.
    Yeah he makes
    2005: 1Mil
    2006: 1Mil
    2007: 1.1Mil
    2008: 1.1Mil

    According to http://nflpa.com/Financial/main.asp?subPage=Active+Player+Search

    Might sound bad crying for a guy who is making 1 million dollars a year, but that is serioulsy chump change for the ammount of money he is bringing in for the vikings.

    Hopefully he gets a nice pay raise.

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