Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest accomplishments?
Jerrod Johnson: I would have to say being voted team captain two years in a row is one of the biggest accomplishments. I felt like I left my mark at Texas A&M. I put up some very nice stats and won a lot of games here. I broke around 25 records so I felt I left a legacy by the time I was done here. I would also say mentoring the young players that came in was also something I consider a great accomplishment. I helped lead players to be good players as well as having an impact on them off the field.
Scott Porter: What is the toughest part about playing the QB position?
Jerrod Johnson: I would say the toughest part about playing the QB position is making decisions. You are making a decision on every single play when you think about audibles, reading defenses and adjusting to the defense. You plan and prepare for a game all week but there are always situations that come up that you do not expect and you have to be able to make quick decisions on the fly. You have to adjust to what is being thrown at you always have to be on your feet. The QB is always thinking and has to know what everyone is doing on the field.
Scott Porter: What type of a person is an NFL team getting in Jerrod Johnson?
Jerrod Johnson: They are getting a very hard worker and a guy who will leave a legacy by the time he is done. I treat others with respect. I have proven that my ability playing football is of quality and I will continue that. I am a great person, a great teammate and will always do the right things. A team can count on me at all times.
Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest strengths?
Jerrod Johnson: I think coming from a coach who has spent most of his coaching career in the NFL is a huge strength of mine. I have learned so much from Mike Sherman and he has helped prepare me for my shot at the NFL. He is a proven coach and a lot of players have succeeded under him. I feel great knowledge always translates well in the NFL so I have a step up on a lot of players because of my knowledge. I have great physical ability, arm strength and speed.
Scott Porter: What QB in the NFL reminds you of yourself?
Jerrod Johnson: I would say a combination of two QB’s remind me of myself. The first is Ben Roethlisberger because of his size and run ability. He always makes the tough throws. The other of which is Colts QB Peyton Manning. He uses a lot of hand signals and has a great knowledge for the game and what is going on around him. I was given the ability to dictate hand signals at the line. Coach Mike Sherman gave me a lot of freedom because he trusted and believed in me.
Scott Porter: What are you looking forward to the most about your opportunity to play in the NFL?
Jerrod Johnson: I am looking forward to leading and getting back out on the field after everything that happened to me the final year here. I am hungry to start again and prove to people that I can be a top notch QB in the NFL. I just want to play again and look forward to climbing my way to the top.
Scott Porter: What are your goals for the NFL?
Jerrod Johnson: My goal is to be the greatest QB in the game. I want to be the face of a franchise and leave a legacy. I want to win a Super Bowl and leave a legacy as a person and a player.
Scott Porter: Who is the toughest player you have ever faced?
Jerrod Johnson: That would no doubt be my teammate Von Miller. We faced off every day in practice and had a lot of great battles. We made each other better players. Von led the country in sacks last year and I had the honor of facing him in practice. Having a guy like Von in practice made me a lot quicker in my reads.
Scott Porter: What hobbies do you have off the field?
Jerrod Johnson: I love music and I love to sing. It gets me at peace from the daily grind. It is what I enjoy the most away from the game. Music has become a very important part of my life.
Scott Porter: What is something about Jerrod Johnson that might surprise people that they may not know?
Jerrod Johnson: I would say that most people don’t know that I write my own songs and will even sing my own songs that I write on occasion. At school they always made me sing.
Scott Porter: What else would you like to tell everyone out there?
Jerrod Johnson: I would just like to say that I have all the physical skills in the world. Last year after my shoulder injury I had some doubts and that caused a lot of things to go on. A big reason for what happened to me last year was because of the doubts I had after my shoulder injury. I am just so thankful for the opportunity I had at Texas A&M and what the coaching staff was able to do with me. I am very dedicated to being a great QB in the NFL and I have no doubts I will reach that level.