Houston (CBS Houston) – With a large, impressionable group of rookies, the Texans decided to bring in three time Super Bowl Champ and Triple Threat co-host Ted Johnson to speak to their rookie class.
Johnson, who spent ten years with the Patriots, played under defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel and beside linebackers coach Mike Vrabel.
His message was as follows:
A) Be a good teammate.
-Be engaging (don’t isolate). If guys are picking on you, it means they care.
B) Your body is your commodity… Invest in it
-Consult with your nutritionist. Ask her to go to the grocery store with you. Don’t hesitate to hire a chef and don’t eat everything at the buffet. You have to change eating habits from college/
C) You must have good practice habits.
-Study…study…study! They don’t wait for you in the NFL. They don’t have special classes for slower learners. Coaches/players don’t have patience with this.
-Practice hard because they are ALWAYS watching and you’re playing for your professional lives.
D) It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish.
-There are two ways to keep a job in the NFL. Be good at a few things or dominate at one thing.
E) Do your job.
-Football is the most interdependent sport there is. Do your job and it will help others do theirs.
Johnson also talked about:
-The Texans have the best fans. They will love you….unless you give them a reason not to.