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Former Hurricane Andre Johnson talks about his time at Miami

Ari Russell

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(USA Today - Shanna Lockwood)

Former Miami Hurricanes and NFL wide receiver Andre Johnson was a guest on Now What? with Arian Foster on the Vsporto Network talking about a slew of topics. Of course you can’t talk to the future HOF player and not mention the University of Miami, where Johnson was part of the rebuild back to greatness under the Butch Davis/Larry Coker era.

When asked about what it was like going to Miami, here is what Johnson had to say:

AJ: ” You just had to be there to see it, I tell people it’s some of the best days of my life man…I think if you’re a fan of competition, you couldn’t get no tougher competition. Practice was like was crazy. It was like you were at a game everyday. You know the Spring, it’s just strictly 1s vs. 1s so, that was like, man!”

AF: “Was it true you were more famous than the Dolphins”

AJ: “Yeah it was somewhat true…ha ha ha, it was true to a certain extent, depending on who you were” 

As someone who was there during part of the time Andre Johnson was there, I can say he’s right. The Canes when they started their rise again were indeed better than the Dolphins. You have to realize that Dan Marino had just retired in 2000 and Miami was just bouncing back from post NCAA sanctioned mediocrity. It was perfect for the Canes to take the city’s heart again. Also Johnson was such a stud receiver, coming in behind Santana Moss and Reggie Wayne gave him a strong immediate lineage. The first time Johnson stepped on the field we already knew he was going to great at the next level.

Of course Arian Foster a guy who has developed into quite the talent at interviewing guests wasn’t going to close out the show without mentioning the owner of the Houston Texans Bob McNair. McNair obviously back in the news for backing down off an apology he made off derogatory comments about the players in the NFL and the protests. Johnson of course you have to understand is considered the best player in the history of the franchise. He’s also huge in the local community. Knowing how this whole ordeal affected Johnson is rather important. Here is what Johnson had to say about McNair:

“I didn’t like it. I wouldn’t say I was surprised, but I just didn’t like it. To know that you did so much for the franchise and then him come out and say something like that. What’d he say, you can;t have the inmates run the prison? At the end of the day, you don’t make the money if we don’t run it…It was real touchy with me. I even thought of not doing the ring ceremony” 

 

Foster had already formally asked the owner Bob McNair to be a guest on his podcast to have a civil discourse about the whole situation. It doesn’t look like that is going to materialize however.

Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.

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