ORCHARD PARK, NY (WIVB.COM) – Stevie Johnson is the Bills number one receiver but his path to the NFL wasn’t always clear cut. He started out as a basketball player at Angelo Rodriguez High School in Fairfield, California, before the school’s football program began Johnson’s junior year. He went on to a junior college where he became a receiver despite having little to no experience in the position. He transferred to Kentucky his junior year, where he became known as “Stevie” as opposed to “Steve.”
Johnson was drafted in the seventh round by the Bills in 2008, but it was not until 2010 when he really started to shine. He is now the Bills go-to veteran receiver. Outside of his athletic ability, he is partially known for his touchdown celebrations. Recognizing that his journey consisted of a lot of hard work and determination, he is committed to enjoying the fruits of his labor. However, the work for Stevie is not done, as the idea of making the playoffs keeps him hungry.
Regardless of how many touchdowns Stevie scores or how much money is in his bank account, he refuses to forget where he came from. Regularly, he drives through the city of Buffalo, noticing the kids walking the streets, trying to accumulate enough change for a bus ride home. It is a reminder that he was once that kid. He hopes to use his success to inspire others to work hard to attain goals and have fun in the process.