When it comes to interviewing an athlete, especially one in the National Football League, one can expect a whole bunch of sport cliches, but not with Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson.
Simply, Johnson is a breath of fresh air when it comes to interviews.
Johnson in a interview with NFL.com and commented on New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush’s comments on Twitter that he is enjoying the lockout.
“That’s blown way out of proportion,” Johnson said. “There is not one NFL player who hasn’t enjoyed (time off during) the lockout. I’m just being straight up honest. I don’t think he should have to apologize for that. That’s terrible to even have to apologize for saying that. I’m having a good time during this lockout enjoying my family more and (getting new opportunities).”
The fact of the matter is Johnson is right NFL players are enjoying their time off, because football has become a year round sport where during the offseason they get weekends off in the spring, three weeks off before the start of training camp and a couple weeks off after the completion of the season. By the time the season ends many players are banged up and tired from the long regular season.
I can remember back in high school by the end of a eight game regular season we were all banged up and tired from practice and all the stuff we had to do in addition to playing. I cannot begin to fathom the mental strain that these guys go through on a daily basis. There definitely has to be days where they wakeup and don’t want to get out of bed, but somehow manage to.
Now don’t get me wrong many NFL players probably want to get back into the swing of things as it has been over two months since many of these guys even touched a practice field. Johnson even went on to confirm this later in the article.
“Everybody in the NFL has that mode where they feel that when they wake up in the morning, they want to be playing football,” Johnson explained. “We’re professionals, we play football for a living. Everybody has that mode. But why not enjoy your time off? Once the lockout is over, everyone will be focused for what they have to do for their teams.”
In the end, next time you think about the lockout just remember that players aren’t suffering they are enjoying their time off for now.