Steven Johnson spoke to Steelers.com, his first interview since the team announced they signed him yesterday. After playing college ball in Kansas and professionally in Denver and Nashville, Johnson was happy to be in his home state of Pennsylvania.
“Growing up, being a Pennsylvania native, grew up here, 18 years. I’m very excited to be back in the state. My dad is excited. He’ll be able to come to a lot of games.”
Johnson was born in Media, Pennsylvania. Much closer to Philadelphia Eagles‘ territory but still, Pittsburgh is a lot closer than the Rocky Mountains.
He seemed genuinely happy to be apart of the organization.
“This organization is a great organization. With a head coach in Mike Tomlin, Mr. Colbert, and the Rooney family, very excited that they were able to bring me in to be part of this great organization.”
And like any player, wants to help the team bring home a Lombardi. Johnson just missed out on his chance in Denver by one year, but knows he can capture that magic here.
“Coming here and seeing the tradition and the history, I had a good felling about it. I wanted to be apart of a winning organization.”
Johnson’s core role will be a four-phase special teamer but he saw extensive playing time on defense in 2014 with the Broncos. It bolsters the depth at inside linebacker, alongside Vince Williams, after losing Sean Spence and Terence Garvin.
If you missed my full scouting report on him earlier today, click here to check it out.