Former Wildcat Lonnie Johnson is officially a Texan. After years of hard work, including a tough childhood and a few years in junior college, his dream of playing in the National Football League is finally coming true. Johnson was the eighth cornerback selected; he was the seventh selected in the second round.
He’ll remember this night – this moment – for the rest of his life. Here’s Johnson placing the Texans’ hat on for the first time, surrounded by his friends and family at his watch party in his hometown of Gary, Indiana.
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) April 27, 2019
That’s the face of a man who’s ready to get to work.
Some of Johnson’s former teammates weighed in on his selection:
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— Joshua Allen (@JoshAllen41_) April 27, 2019
— Terry Wilson (@TerryTouchdown3) April 27, 2019
After his name was called, Johnson did a quick interview with SportsRadio 610 in Houston.
“We kept counting down the picks and then when I saw that they had back to back [picks] I was like, ‘It’s gotta be them, it’s gotta be them. I don’t think they’re gonna pass on me,’” Johnson said. “And once they picked me – once my phone was ringing – I just broke down.”
Congrats, Lonnie Johnson!