• Lalo Mata

Johnson Bros Vol. 1

Written By: Lalo Mata                                                                                                       

Published: May 11, 2020

PJ Johnson

Johnson Bros Vol. 1

PJ Johnson is one of the great players out of Burbank High and Sacramento to make it to the college level as well as the NFL.

PJ was an absolute dog at the University of Arizona becoming a 7th round pick to the Detroit Lions but luckily gets to come back to the West Coast in joining the LA Chargers with names like Joey Bosa, breakout running back Austin Ekeler, and new QB Justin Herbert. 

PJ is the oldest of three brothers who achieved his dreams of the NFL as DJ and Da’Marcus grind out their college years in hopes for the same future. DJ is one of the best talents to come out of the Sacramento area in recent years along with the youngest brother, Da’Marcus, a defensive end for Fresno State who was on the rise as of recent years.

Johnson had a start at Sacramento State but ended up as a redshirt due to an injury that led him to transfer to City College of San Francisco and later signing to go to the University of Arizona. PJ has become a force to be reckoned with and will put up a fight for a starting role in LA.

What is the hardest part of making an NFL roster? Why?

“I’m not really sure I have an answer for that, the whole experience is difficult and takes great focus and dedication.”

Many great players from Sacramento have turned their NFL dreams into a reality and become one of the greats to make it out of the 916 such as PJ.

Does your influence on your brothers play a big role in your football career? Why?

“No we all live our lives differently even though we all play football it has nothing to do with our relationship as brothers.”

What makes Sacramento football players different from the rest?

“I’m not gone sit here and say no hype type stuff we just different though really we just different we come different, especially the ones from the slums.”

Sacramento truly has become a different type of breeding ground for sports stars. You can name a sport and we have a star who puts on for our city because the 916 is just truly built different. 

What kept you determined to make a career out of football?

“I honestly never got determined bout football till 2017 when everything was taken from me and I was at the lowest of my life it made a beast out of me put me in savage mode."

Who made the biggest influence in your career?

“Honestly my son had the biggest influence on my career he made me focus up in my life period football or not.”

As PJ works in the offseason we can expect big things to come from him as one of the many 916 talents in the league. PJ looks to make a big difference in the defensive game for a changing team and to also become a key player for the Chargers.