Jeremy Johnson talks football journey as NFL Draft Day approaches

Updated: Apr. 19, 2017 at 9:07 PM CDT
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AUBURN, AL (WSFA) - For former Auburn quarterback Jeremy Johnson, the journey has been a long one. It all started in a gym at Carver High School, where the superstar multi-sport athlete saw his future on the court, until Auburn came around.

"I never seen myself playing football at the next level until that day when Coach Malzahn and Coach Chizik offered me," explained Johnson.

Back in 2015 Johnson was named the starting quarterback, following Nick Marshall with big shoes to fill and a lot of hype coming out of high school.

"There were days I was just in my room just thinking to myself like what am I gonna do now?" Johnson said. "I used to get miserable. I actually used to want to leave. I used to call and talk to my teachers and I used to tell them I want to go. I was too busy trying to be somebody else everybody else wanted me to be instead of being myself and I wish I could redo that over and also really just play football."

It was in those 4 years on the Plains that Jeremy grew into the man he has become. Through adversity, prayer and triumph, he now looks to write his next chapter, which began with a stellar Pro Day.

"I definitely felt like myself. I feel like I got a chance and I got a shot just off one day. All it takes is one eye to catch cause you know, you can't play for all 32," said Johnson.

His focus is on potentially making an NFL roster and showing the world anything is possible.

"I use this term as mildew or barbeque, it's do or die. This is it. This is a new start a new beginning. So here's your chance and your opportunity so cherish it and take advantage of it," Johnson said.

The 2017 NFL Draft starts on Thursday April 27 and ends on April 29.

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