- Johnson now leads the Defend the Dream Foundation, which promotes literacy in city schools.
Derrick Johnson received the package at his home on Saturday morning.
The former Texan star didn’t come to football for personal honors, but if you build a career as one of the best teammates in the history of the sport, the rewards will come naturally.
Saturday delivery was another proof. It was a College Football Hall of Fame ball congratulating him on his election to his class of 2023.
“When I read the letter, it was a little overwhelming,” Johnson said on Monday. “Even with the anticipation and understanding you deserve, it was a wonderful feeling.”
The Waco High product played 14 seasons in the NFL – 13 with the Kansas City Chiefs – after a successful college career, where he left Texas as arguably the greatest linebacker in the program’s history. These days, he dedicates most of his time to his family and his Protect the Dream Foundation, which aims to eradicate illiteracy among underprivileged youth by refurbishing local libraries.
It was this dedication that made him a star. While his suitcase of trophies quickly filled with heavy machinery, including the Butkus and Nagourski awards in 2004, and later induction into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, the Texas Hall of Honor, the Waco ISD Hall of Fame, and the Missouri State Hall of Fame. he never lost his love for the team concept.
“It’s a testament to staying humble,” he said of the honorary Hall of Famer. “This is evidence of concentration on small things. You can evaluate the rewards later.”
When current Chiefs linebacker Nick Bolton broke Johnson’s record for most tackles in a single season against Saturday’s Raiders, Johnson gleefully congratulated him on Twitter.
You can expect Johnson to receive two more awards soon. It’s long past time for the Longhorns to retire his number 11 jersey. And one day, he’ll join his Texas colleague, former Reverend Holmes, in the Chiefs’ Hall of Honor.
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It’s too early to tell in the Big 12 season that they’re having an identity crisis, but this upbeat team makes us guess a little later.
Who will play against TCU on Wednesday night – the hitless defense that lost 116 points in their last home loss to Kansas State, or the physical isolation team that clamped down on the Oklahoma State sports group in Stillwater on Saturday?
Texas played with just the right dose of poise and desperation in Gallagher Iba throughout the stretch, receiving significant input from unsung OG Brock Cunningham and top scorer Marcus Carr, who plays in the All-American ball in his senior season.
It was their first game where they knew their previously suspended head coach was now fired. Rodney Terry is now 6-1 as head coach and should be given credit for putting Horns in the right mental space after a disappointing defensive attempt against the Wildcats.
“I give credit to my guys,” Terry told reporters. “We won this game on Thursday, not today, Saturday. We won it back in Austin. We suffered a heavy defeat at home, didn’t play very well defensively in that game and moved away from our identity.”
And this is a face-to-face defense, multiple deflections of the ball and great efforts on the perimeter. We saw it all in Stillwater and overall it was one of the best performances of the year, even if the attack faltered from time to time.
In Wednesday’s rival TCU, the Horns will get a big producer in Frogs guard Mike Miles, who ranks second in the league in scoring with 19.8 points per game. Jamie Dixon’s Frogs got off to a good 13-2 start, but I’m guessing the focus may have been elsewhere on campus in the last couple of weeks.
With that said, Texas will be busy and the Frogs will be very pissed off after losing to Iowa. This prevented TCU from joining Kansas and Kansas State at the top of the Big 12 standings at 3–0.
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The Horns have already proven they can score with anyone and the ball movement was the best we’ve seen here in years, but TCU will create a big problem on the boards. The Frogs average 12.87 offensive rebounds per game, which is a problem for any team because you just can’t train that kind of effort on glass. It’s all about desire.
Above all else, they kept this ship afloat and played hard, knowing Beard would not return.
“I’m proud of our guys,” Terry said. “Probably this group has rallied more than any other group in the country. They endured some hardships and some problems and they stayed together. They were really focused on what they could control and kind of introverted and they enjoyed playing with each other and being there for each other every day.”
Terry believes the best game in Texas has yet to take place. Let’s see if the right Horns show up in what promises to be a barn burner.
Cowboys on sledgesA: Now, I’m often accused of not seeing the bright side of things, but I’m going for three-quarters of the full approach when it comes to making the Dallas Cowboys playoffs.
The Cowboys we saw against Washington on Sunday resembled the one that played the season’s 4-13 string, not the one that came close to winning the NFC East takeover.
They didn’t show up.
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Dak Prescott completed 14 of 37 passes in a 26-6 loss to the Washington Commanders and received a return interception for a touchdown in a zombie-like performance that simply defies description, that is, if words like “terrible”, “coma and “lifeless” are not good enough.
Prescott, who ended the regular season with a draw against Houston’s Davis Mills and led the league in steals with 15, described his game in fecal terms, but the entire season shouldn’t be discounted just yet.
And then my cup almost overflowed. They didn’t end the season on that note and have a chance to redeem themselves, albeit against the Tom Brady Pirates of Tampa Bay, who aren’t much better than the Pokes.
Brady played in the second quarter of Sunday’s 30–17 loss to the Falcons, a game that Tampa rested in the second half.
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The optimists within us should be happy that the Cowboys get a Bucks team that is far from elite, but they also have to contend with a 0-7 record against the 45-year-old Brady, who led the league in pass attempts. and ending in its 22nd season. Everything points to him coming back for 23, even if not with the Bucks.
Cowboys look like new – what else is new? – but they should go to the Big Sombrero knowing they are a younger, faster and more explosive team.
That and $10 can get you a Bud Light in Jerry World.
And yes, it is the fullest glass.