So, he took up a job on a fishing boat in Key West, Florida, reeling in mahi mahi to make ends meet.
In his first profession begin, Johnson appeared composed and explosive as he helped a depleted Browns crew — additionally lacking beginning quarterback Baker Mayfield — to a victory which halted a two-game dropping streak.
And when Johnson was informed concerning the tweet, he appeared shocked, saying: “LeBron? Man, that’s my favorite basketball player; I’m not going to lie to you … That’s amazing! LeBron James, appreciate it man. That means a lot. Wow!”
It is the end result of a lengthy journey for the running back, who additionally labored as a private coach earlier than signing for the Alliance of American Football league, the place he completed second within the league in speeding and scrimmage yards whereas with the Orlando Apollo in 2019.
Although he was initially signed by the Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2019, he had predominately featured as a kick returner on particular groups.
He appeared in all 16 video games in 2020, while additionally filling in the place wanted as a running back, posting profession highs in carries (33) and speeding yards (166).
But it is in week seven this season the place Johnson actually exploded onto the scene with the Browns needing a massive efficiency with their stars on the sideline.
“It’s unexplainable. I wanted to celebrate but I didn’t know what to do. It’s been a long journey,” mentioned Johnson as he mirrored on how his fortunes have modified since 2018.
The victory means the Browns remained alive within the AFC playoff image, whereas it is the Broncos’ fourth straight defeat.
‘My delight is damage’
For Broncos linebacker Von Miller, it was maybe an much more painful defeat given the speaking he did beforehand.
“And if I try this then we’ll win … If I can play properly and I can get sacks and I can discover a option to disrupt the sport, we’ll win. The stress is on me to play properly.
“I don’t know who the tackle is that I’m going against, but I’m going to kill him. I’m going to kill him. And the other guy too, on the other side. I’m going to play extremely well and make plays for my team. I’m going to set us up and win this game for sure.”
However within the disappointing efficiency, Miller was compelled to depart after injuring his ankle.
And the Super Bowl 50 MVP mentioned his “pride is hurt more than anything.”
“We did some good things in the half and I felt like I was gonna do some great stuff in the second half — but I got hurt.”