LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Over the past few months, Lane Johnson has gone from a larger-than-life NFL star to a simple country boy. It is what he does to help unwind from the hard-hitting life of an NFL Lineman.
"I head out soon to OTAs, so I am just sitting here one last night by a fire," Johnson said. "I've been here at home in Oklahoma spending time with the family. My son is in T-ball, so I take him to school every day. It is kind of relaxing."
Johnson was drafted 4th overall in 2013 draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. Since then, his career has hit lows and highs with the highest being a Super Bowl Champion this past season when the Eagles beat New England 41-33 in Super Bowl LII. It was the first Super Bowl victory for the franchise.
"It was a month after that it sunk in," Johnson said. "The town has been longing for a championship for so long, so to be the team that finally did it, and the way we did it was truly fun," Johnson said.
The lineman has come a long way from Groveton where he played quarterback for the Indians. After high school, Johnson went to Kilgore Junior College and then the University of Oklahoma. With years of football under his belt, there are still butterflies.
"Before every game I get nervous," Johnson said. "Because I have been doing it for so long, it is a routine. By then end of the season, we were all tired and we just wanted to go play the game."
Before the teams took the field, Johnson made headlines when he called out Tom Brady and the way people view the Patriots.
"I have no regrets," Johnson said. "None at all. I felt like people respect them so much that they are scared to play them. I got tired of hearing about the "Patriot Way".
The battle cry for Johnson and his teammates through the playoffs was the one of the underdog. Despite being the champions, Johnson is entering the season like he always does; with a chip on his shoulder.
"I think we have a target on our back," Johnson said. "As far as approaching the game, nothing will change for me."