My goal is to figure out the tips and tricks of professional football players and also to give you a glimpse into their personal and professional lives. In this episode, I talked with Jovon Johnson (@Mr_Consistent_2), a Saskatchewan Roughrider. He has previously played for the Ottawa Red Blacks, Montreal Alouettes and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers where he was awarded most outstanding defensive player and was the first defensive back to win the award. Jovon has even played for the Pittsburg Steelers in the NFL.
As a kid, Jovon didn’t grow up in the best part of town. His father was never around, so he and his brother were raised by a single mother. In this interview, he talks about how he learned to be a better dad because his dad was never around. He talks about how his brother died and the struggles he had accepting it. Jovon talks about how adversity in his life made him the football player he is today. Without further ado, I hope you enjoy.
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How growing up with adversity can strengthen you
The Jovon Johnson Academy
What motivates him to do community work
When did you realize that other people were as talented as you and that it would take a lot of hard work to be a professional football player?
How to strengthen your weaknesses
How would you teach your younger self?
What message would you put on a fortune cookie?
What player would you pretend to be on the playground?
Can you tell me about a time when something didn’t work out for you and you were disappointed but now you are grateful it turned out that way?
Craziest or cutest fan moment
Is there anything that you do that other people don’t agree with or that goes against current teachings?
Was it difficult to transition between college, the NFL and then the CFL?
Rituals before a game
Who do you think about when you hear the word success?
Favourite memory as a player
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