The Ticket: Al Johnson Interview
Good. Football, great weather. Bumps, bruises, aches pains. Getting spoiled with this weather.
-Debating your weight these days?
Before practice, 96, 97. After, 92, 93.
-Coach talking about options at center, wonders aloud if you are big enough in the trenches for full time duty?
Only a week into camp. Played 16 games last year, plan on playing many more 16 game seasons. It's all just talk to me. Coach just wants a best team. Doesn't want people to get complacent. Andre pushes me, I push him.
305 is my max, no minimum. Played 295 last year, hope to play 298 this year. Not worried about the weight factor. Put on good muscle. Worked out more this off-season than last off-season because I had to rehab.
-Jason Ferguson, how strong?
Strong as an Ox. Can anchor any boat out there. Able to torque the line. Powerful. Able to two-gap a center. Always have to double team him.
-How different is it for you now, after a year?
It's never easier. Even Larry and Marco wouldn't say its easier. Know what to expect. Know there are going to be long days, rough days. No surprises.
-Doesn't the center have to make calls?
Yes. As far as the calls, we're changing a lot of them with the new oline coach. It's easier in that way, not a lot of new calls to learn.
-Off season question
Didn't go back to Wisconsin. Stayed in Dallas, worked out. Took a vacation in wimberly texas.
-Kill animals in Wisconsin?
I do. I have some land in Wisconsin. Texas deer are pretty small, Wisconsin deer are pretty big.
-Vinny and Drew, and Quincy, does it matter to you? Any adjustments?
No. All the same to me.
-When did you first play C?
2nd year in college.
-Ever have to overcome homophobia?
No. There's a few layers of clothes, and things like that. You're happy his hands are there, you're aiming right there, otherwise it would hurt. What really hurts is the follow through on the shotgun.
-No one wears cups in the NFL?
I get wise cracks about it.
-Is it ever weird? C is in charge. You've got Larry, Marco, Flo....
A little weird. They all respect the job I do. We help each other out, making calls. No animosity.