They put it all on the line every Sunday. You may see them as Pro Bowlers, former first-rounders, or million-dollar men. But for elite NFL athletes, there’s more to life than just the game. Nike Sportswear is sharing some of their individual stories as part of its Fall Maverick campaign.
From junior college to Division II to the NFL, Johnny Knox has been running under the radar since day one. Always at his side was his grandmother, whom Johnny commemorated in a tattoo on his right shoulder.
Maverick Attitude: “Growing up, I didn’t have no other plan; football was my plan.”
Defining Moment: “My first [NFL] touchdown against Pittsburgh, that was a game-changing touchdown. I had a slant route. The quarterback gave me that look, and when the quarterback gives you that look, you pretty much know you’re going to get that ball. I saw a hole, went for it and as soon as I scored, I patted my shoulder and pointed up at the sky. That touchdown represented [my grandmother].
Statement of Purpose: “I feel like I’ve made a stepping-stone, but I have a lot of dreams, and I’m still chasing them.”