Steven Johnson, LB, Kansas Exclusive Interview

When you look at the Kansas Jayhawks defense there is one player that just jumps out of the television at you. That is Steven Johnson. The tough linebacker led the team in tackles with 124 tackles had six tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and an interception. Steven Johnson is a very physical linebacker, who can play all the positions. Johnson is a good player and has a big heart, make sure you check out who Steven's favorite team was growing up and see what his last meal on earth would be?

What was your most memorable moment out of Strath Haven High School in Pennsylvania?

My most memorable moment coming out of Strath Haven High school was winning a district 1 championship and leading the state in tackles and being selected all country first team defense.

How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?

Not many teams were recruiting me coming out of high school only Division 11 schools like West Chester University, Millersville and some division 1AA schools like University of Delaware and Villanova.

Why did you choose Kansas over the other programs?

I chose University of Kansas over the other programs because they were the only division 1 school to give me an opportunity after I got hurt.

What was your most memorable moment at Kansas?

My most memorable moment at Kansas was earning a scholarship after I walked on.

Who was the toughest player you ever played up against?

I played against some great college players such as: Robert Griffen III, Justin Blackmon, Kendall Wright, Ryan Tannehill and the list goes on, but I wouldn’t say anybody was too tough..

What was the most traumatic thing that has ever happened in your life? How did you overcome it?

The most traumatic thing that happened to me in my life was when I tore my ACL and LCL. I overcame that by really pressing in on my faith and believing in God.

If you could take back one day in your life and relive it, what day would it be and why?

I wouldn’t take back any days..

What was your favorite NFL team growing up?

The Eagles were my favorite team growing up.

Who in the NFL would say, your game most like and why?

There are allot of great linebackers in the NFL, but if I had to choose one that best resembles my play and personality would be Patrick Willis. Because he plays with the intensity and passion however in a controlled manner, and he is somewhat quiet and reserved of the field and thats how I am.

If you could meet one person dead or alive, who would it be and why?

It would be hard for me to choose one person that I would be able to meet dead or alive, because there’s allot of great people that have done great things on this earth. So it would be hard to narrow it down to just one person who I would want to meet.

If it was your last meal on earth, what would it be?

I would probably want soul food.

Have you been hearing where NFL teams have you projected in the draft?

I have not been hearing where NFL teams have predicted me to go in the draft, however I’m just excited for the opportunity to be able to play at the next level.

What NFL teams talked with you this year?

I kind of feel like every NFL team has spoken to me throughout this process.

When you talk with NFL teams, what do you tell them you will bring to their teams?

When I talk with NFL teams, I tell them that they’re going to get a hard working player. A player who is a leader on and off the field who will grow in their program and give them everything they want. I am a person who is not in it for the money but the person who loves the game of football.

As a linebacker, how do you break down film?

As a linebacker breaking down film is an essential aspect of the game of football, when breaking it down you want to know how people move, how linemen move, and how much pressure they may have in their hand and how some backs cut back and just different things like that depending on the running game and passing game. You know how far you should drop into zones, and so forth. But studying film is a pivotal part of the game of football and it can help you out a lot.

Fill in the blank, in ten years from now, I will be_____________?

Known as one of the greatest to ever play the position...

I would like to thank Steven for taking the time out of his busy schedule to complete this interview for me. Steven I wish you the best of luck come April and hope to hear your name called.

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