If you weren’t aware already, Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson is freaking awesome.
And I’m not just saying that because Johnson is one the league’s brightest young stars. It’s because he just genuinely seems like an awesome guy in real life. Example: Johnson decided to take in Buffalo’s uniform unveiling last week…as a fan. Since he’s locked out as a player, Johnson simply bought a ticket and watched from the stands. As fans recognized him, he mingled and signed autographs. Awesome.
Johnson’s a unique character, and one aspect of that is that he dresses in a unique way – as evidenced by the photo to your right and the video below.
Johnson swung by the ESPN Offices today to talk fashion and some other topics. This is definitely an interview worth watching. Johnson hits on a number of topics, including his big drop against Pittsburgh, if he thinks he can improve in 2011, Ryan Fitzpatrick , the time he got made fun of on ESPN for wearing a “wife-beater” tank top to a press conference, Buffalo’s new uniforms, and his own sense of fashion.
What I really like about Johnson is that unlike many quirky high-talent wide receivers, he really seems to not have an ego at all. He’s perfectly comfortable in his own skin and can take criticism in stride, but at the same time is a team-first guy who desperately wants to win in Buffalo.
Here’s my concern – how long will Johnson be a Bill? I really feel that Johnson could be a HUGE star on and off the field in the right situation. Unfortunately, that situation might not be Buffalo, one of the league’s smallest media markets. If he keeps putting up big numbers, he’s going to be in high demand when his contract is up (or sooner). Will he be happy toiling away in Western New York when he could be in a major market getting famous?
Of course, I don’t know Johnson. He might be perfectly happy in Buffalo. But it’s a situation that bears watching, especially with Johnson has another big season in 2011.