Udonis Haslem reacts to former Miami High classmate Andre Johnson’s retirement

Andre Johnson #81 of the Tennessee Titans looks on during a game against the Miami Dolphins on October 9, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Andre Johnson #81 of the Tennessee Titans looks on during a game against the Miami Dolphins on October 9, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

MIAMI — Udonis Haslem’s relationship with Andre Johnson dates back to their high school days.

They attended Miami High at the same time with Haslem graduating in 1998 and Johnson graduating in 1999. So when Haslem woke up Monday morning and heard that Johnson had retired in the middle of his 14th NFL season, the news caught his eye.

“He’s had a great career, so you can’t be disappointed with the type of career he’s had,” Haslem said after Monday’s practice. “We went to high school together so I’m a personal friend of his and I hate to see him walk away from the game. But he’s got to do what’s best for him and his family and his situation. With that being said, I’m sure he made the best decision for himself.”

Haslem, 36, is one year older than the 35-year-old Johnson. Over his 14 seasons in the NFL, Johnson recorded 1,062 catches for 14,185 yards and 70 touchdowns during a career that will likely send him to the Hall of Fame.

With Johnson’s playing days now over, Haslem is grateful that he took the time to attend the Dolphins’ home game against the Titans on Oct. 9 at Hard Rock Stadium. Haslem took his son to watch Johnson, who was with the Titans this season, up close one last time.

“I’m happy I was able to see that game,” Haslem said with a smile.

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