Throughout the aftermath of the Pittsburgh Steelers releasing kicker Shaun Suisham, and his subsequent retirement, the team had to fill his spot on their 90-man offseason roster.
While most media outlets, like this one, focused on Suisham's retirement, the team added running back Brandon Johnson to their roster to replace Suisham.
For a little background on Johnson, he played his college football at Penn State, and was a tryout participant in the Steelers' rookie minicamp before being released.
While at Penn State Johnson was primarily a special teams player, but did have 4 carries for 23 yards his final year in State College, PA. His college coach, James Franklin, was incredibly happy one of his former players is getting a shot with the western Pennsylvania pro team.
"Couldn't be happier for Brandon to have this opportunity with the Steelers," head coach James Franklin told the Centre Daily Times. "He was a tireless worker and valued member of our team. Fans really didn't get to see everything Brandon was capable of because he battled some injuries during his time at Penn State, but he has a great chance to show his talent and work ethic at the next level."
Johnson will get his chance this summer when the team reports to St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA, if he remains on the 90-man roster that long.