Former Auburn QB Jeremy Johnson may always be remembered for failing to live up to lofty expectations as the Tigers starting quarterback, but he’s going to do what he can to keep that from being the final chapter of his athletic career.
According to a report from A. Stacy Long of the Montgomery Advertiser, Johnson has been working out in Miami in hopes of turning pro… in basketball.
That’s right, Johnson is trading in the pigskin for the round ball in hopes of landing a professional basketball career. On the surface, that may seem far-fetched, but Johnson was actually quite the accomplished basketball player in high school. Johnson was a star prep hoops player at G.W. Carver High and had considered playing both basketball and football during his college years at Auburn.
Johnson told Long it is a talent he’s serious about reviving:
“It’s another way for me to provide for my family. When my agent called, he said, ‘If you really want to play basketball again, you have the talent.’
“I said sure. I’m still waiting on football, but it feels good to be able to play basketball again.”
And if Tim Tebow has taught us anything lately, it’s that SEC quarterbacks can leave a sport behind for years only to pick it up again at a later date if the talent is there.
Per the report from Long, Johnson has been participating in a Montgomery-based adult league to get back into playing shape. His agent says his 3-point stroke looks great, and that the 6-foot-5 athlete has dropped 10 pounds since starting his training.
His high school coach told the newspaper that he still believes in Johnson’s basketball ability.
“I think he still has it for basketball,” James Jackson said, per the Advertiser. “I would love to see him in the NBA someday.”
Time will tell if this works out, but Auburn fans are surely rooting for a happy ending for Johnson.