Steelers release Will Johnson "A Day in the Life" video

Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

An interesting look at the young but extremely strong Steelers fullback Will Johnson reveals a humble background and a modest individual for whom fans will cheer.

Steelers fullback Will Johnson has made his mark on the Steelers' team as one of the more versatile players at the position the team has had. It went without a fullback for the span of the Bruce Arians Era in Pittsburgh, thus ending the tenure of Dan Kreider, but the evolution of the position took a few steps up when Johnson dusted off the "FB" on the Steelers' depth chart last year.

Steelers.com is producing "A Day In The Life" series of videos aimed at giving viewers an in-depth look in that particular player's day-to-day activities. Johnson, the subject of their most recent release, is much more interesting than his position is generally seen as among NFL fans.

The video starts out with Johnson playing pool with his fiance in a really nice "mancave" set-up, in his words. Pictures of him and game-worn jerseys adorn the wall, and a Steelers logo is emblazoned on the dart board.

His fiance, Jessica Young, was a gymnast at West Virginia before a neck injury ended her career in 2010.

Johnson speaks well, if not a bit timidly, but offered up insightful tidbits of information, such as Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson requiring all running backs to spike their first touchdown - which Johnson did on a 1-yard catch from Ben Roethlisberger in the Steelers' 27-12 win over Washington in Week 8 of the 2012 season.

In the video, Wilson congratulates Johnson on the touchdown, and Johnson asks him "did you see the spike, coach?"

Wilson responded, "on a scale of one to ten, that spike was an eight."

The video transitions to show Johnson - a known weight room warrior - going through a workout with former Steelers tight end Jerame Tuman. From Johnson squatting 365 pounds like it's nothing to kettle ball training, to pushing and pulling a sled roughly 20 yards over 150 pounds, it's clear his strength is not exaggerated.

Johnson makes mention of preparing for the NFL Combine in 2011, and having taped the Combine numbers of 49ers tight end Vernon Davis on his wall.

Davis, the sixth overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, weighed in at 254 pounds at the Combine, ran a 4.38 40-yard-dash and bench-pressed 225 pounds 33 times in one of the more impressive overall workouts in Combine history.

The video ends with a brief look at Johnson's hometown of Dayton, Ohio. It's a fitting end for it; a humble area for a humble guy.


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