Former NFL tight end Eric Maxwell Johnson was born on September 15, 1979, in Needham, Massachusetts, and is best know for being the finance of singer Jessica Simpson.
Johnson played for Yale University as wide receiver and broke 11 records while there. Late in his senior year, Johnson decided to chase his dream of playing in the National Football League despite scouts paying little attention to his accomplishments. He then hired agent Joe Linta, who was famous for getting unknown, but talented players a chance to snatch an NFL contract.
After graduating from Yale in 2001, Johnson was drafted in the seventh round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. Johnson stepped up as a viable pass contributor throughout the 2002 season, but suffered an injury that prevented him from playing in both the 2003 and 2005 seasons. When he returned in the 2006 season, Johnson found himself splitting playtime with the 49er's first-round pick Vernon Davis.
In 2007, Johnson agreed to a one-year contract with the New Orleans Saints. His contract was extended in March 2008, but the team later released him in July.
Following his divorce from his wife Kern in January 2010, Johnson started dating pop singer Jessica Simpson in May of that year. Once the divorce was finalized in October, Simpson and Johnson announced their engagement in early November.
On May 1, 2012, Jessica and Johnson welcomed their daughter Maxwell Drew Johnson. In December of that year, rumors that Jessica was pregnant with her second child erupted online when she tweeted a photo of Maxwell sitting on a Hawaiian beach with the words "BIG SIS" engraved in the sand. Jessica later confirmed the pregnancy and opened up about their struggles with planning a wedding, "We've had two different wedding dates, but he keeps knocking me up," she confessed to Jay Leno on the Tonight Show in January 2013, adding, "We're doing it very backwards!"
Johnson and Jessica's son is due sometime in the summer of 2013.