A few minutes with Stevie Johnson is about as good as it gets. Johnson stopped by the NFL Network studios in Los Angeles on Wednesday, rapping about everything from his end zone stunt against the Bengals to NFL players on Twitter to his infamous drop against the Steelers:
So is it Steve or Stevie? What’s going on?
SJ: Well, it’s “Steve” when I’m with the Mrs. It’s “Stevie” when I’m swaggin’ it on the field. I’m “Steven” when I’m getting in trouble. And then on Twitter it’s @StevieJohnson13. It doesn’t matter, though, it’s just a name.
Why so serious?
SJ: That’s a question I ask a lot of people: Why so serious? If you’re handling your business and you’re having fun, why be so serious? We’re living life, we’re enjoying it. “Why so serious?” is huge. It’s a big part of me and who I am.
I’m with you. But was it worth $5,000?
SJ: I believe so … LOL! I didn’t expect to get hit with the $5K fine, but, yeah, it was cool. I don’t regret it at all. I don’t regret anything. But, I would like to ask Commissioner Goodell, “Why so serious, man?”
Now that you’re “The Joker,” what celebration do you have on tap for next season?
SJ: I know there will be something. The Joker thing, that came up in the locker room minutes before we went on the field. I didn’t even think about it during the week. I was watching highlights and it just came to me. There will be some entertaining moments next season, I was just getting my feet wet with that. I can dance a little bit. My cousin Ya Boy just signed a music deal with Akon, and they did a music video and we have a little “Stevie Johnson dance.” I’ll try to do that in the end zone.
Some recent Tweets from NFL players have drawn heavy criticism. You have 28,000 followers … do people take Twitter too seriously?
SJ: That’s tough to answer. For the most part, when someone is playing around, it’s nothing to be taken too serious. But it goes both ways, it’s tough. I play a lot on Twitter about random things. During the season I let out that Tweet about God and how I felt following the Steelers game, which wasn’t the right place to do it, and that got completely out of hand. It goes both ways.
Should athletes think twice before Tweeting?
SJ: Yeah. Really, though, everyone should think twice before doing anything. With Twitter, it’s the same way. It’s like people who feel more comfortable texting instead of calling. But Tweeting is like texting the world, in a way. It’s easy to get lost in it. But it goes to show, like with Rashard Mendenhall, I think that got blown out of proportion. I think he was just saying it to start up a conversation. There is one side to that conversation, and he was putting out the other side. He might not have even felt that way, he just put it out there.
Have you gone back and watched that game against the Steelers?
SJ: Actually, I have. And from what I saw, I could have tore it up. That was, by far, the worst game of my entire football career, except for a Pop Warner game when I missed four tackles that all lead to touchdowns. Seriously, though, it was my worst. I left so much out there. I had five drops, maybe six, and I still had seven catches for 73 yards. Imagine if I had caught the others? But I took some positives out of it, too, it wasn’t all just negative.
As a receiver, do you replay those drops in your head?
SJ: Every receiver says they move on from drops and they don’t think about it. But every receiver can remember every drop that they had. Does it have a hold on you? The drop in the end zone, for about a week or so after I was still thinking about it a lot. Even during practice, I was thinking about it while the ball was coming in the air. It had never happened before, so how was I supposed to get off of it? It did have a hold on me. It happens, though. I just have to move on.
Are we going to see more C.J. Spiller this season?
SJ: Definitely, we have to. He’s so versatile, as far as being a running back who can run receiver routes. He’s a weapon. You have to use a guy like him, with the speed he has. You’re a fool if you don’t use him. I would be highly surprised if Spiller doesn’t have a few more packages this season. We’re going to need everybody.
The Bills put faith in Ryan Fitzpatrick by not drafting a QB. Does the locker room believe he can be “the guy?”
SJ: We almost beat several playoff teams because of the spark Fitzpatrick gave us, and the risks he takes. We have to be on top of our game to show that Fitzpatrick will be that guy. It’s not all on him. It’s on us, too, to make plays so that we can show fans that Fitz is real. We have faith in him. But it just shows the faith they have in us. Not drafting a quarterback is putting faith not only in Fitz, but faith in the entire offense. It’s a little bit of a good type of pressure. The team is riding with us.
We’ve seen the Giants photos on your Facebook page. Any chance you grow out the facial hair for the NFL version of “Fear the Beard?” Maybe rival what Brett Keisel had going on?
SJ: LOL … I wish! I can’t! When I tried to grow a beard for training camp, after about three weeks, I only had spots. I gave up early. I couldn’t even do a camp beard.
Finish this sentence … What you don’t know about Chan Gailey is ______
SJ: What you don’t know about Gailey is that he taught me the history of “saggin’.” Wow, this is crazy. I was walking in the hallway one day, and my shorts were a little low. Coach was behind me, and said ‘Hey Stevie, do you know why you sag your pants?’ I told him I just do it. He told me that if I do something, to make sure I have a reason for it. He taught me that back in the days of slavery, they used to get any kind of pants. So, they had to walk around and hold their pants up. He told me that next time someone asked about it, I could tell them the real history behind it. Wild. And now we’re talking about it.
Wow, didn’t see that coming. That’s quite the wrap on a few minutes with Stevie Johnson.