Get To Know Our Returning Players: Jesse Johnson

by Tessa Martyn

Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Jesse Johnson, found out about ultimate through a friend group that played weekly pick-up while he was in high school. It was not until college that Johnson knew he wanted to play the sport more competitively. 

Since his 2019 rookie season, Johnson has become a versatile player. Both on and off the field, he is known for his athleticism, as well as his entertaining and positive attitude. This past season, Johnson finished with a total of 6 goals, 3 blocks, and a 94% completion. The upcoming 2022 season will be Johnson’s fourth season playing for the Chicago Union. 

Learn more about Jesse:

Where are you from?

Oswego, IL - The city is right next to Aurora, IL (the second biggest city in IL)                                                                                

How old are you? 

23 years old 

When is your birthday? 

May 30, 1998

What is your occupation? 

I am a software engineer project manager for a HealthTech Company 

What is your favorite color? 

My favorite color is orange 

What is your favorite food? 

My favorite food is bread, all I eat is carbs

What is your favorite movie? 

I like all StarWars Movies, but specifically Revenge of the Sith 

What is your favorite hobby/what do you like to do outside of Ultimate Frisbee? 

I like to ride my bike - make sure to say hello to me if you see me on the streets! 

What is your favorite music genre, favorite song, or band? 

Indie Pop/Bedroom Pop; I love Ariana Grande though

What is your favorite quote? 

My favorite quote is “Grind don’t stop” #DepaulStudentAthlete 

What is your hidden talent? 

Without looking at the clock I can guess what time it is, sometimes down to the minute on a good day

What is your biggest fear? 

The ACT// Standardized Tests 

What is one interesting fact about you? 

I grew up with a big family, I have seven siblings who often made it out to our games in Elmhurst! 


Jesse Johnson signed a 2-year contract with the Chicago Union prior to the start of the 2021 season. He is contracted to play with the Union through the end of this upcoming season.