When you lay eyes on Buffalo Bills receiver STEVIE JOHNSON, you think: Talented guy, good receiver. Star potential. Yet if you ever get to peep dude outside of his red, white & blue Bills No. 13 uniform, you’d swear Johnson was some sort of hip hop MC…a Waka Flocka Flame thrower or something. What he is, really, is the not-so-serious, seriously fun-loving young face of the upstart Buffalo Bills.
Johnson’s emergence on the NFL scene began in 2010 and parallels the suddenly significant rise of the Bills. It was last season that Johnson got his first chance to start after being drafted by the Bills in 2008 in the seventh round. All dude did was respond with a breakout season, finishing with 82 receptions, 1,073 yards and 10 touchdowns.
The Stevie Johnson Aura: Talented receiver; Trendy hip-hop style, Buffalo fan magnet; Tatted and playfully goofy.
But the highlight of last year for Stevie J was at Cincinnati in Week 11 when he broke out the Joker inspired “Why So Serious?” T-shirt that mocked opposing wideouts Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco (the self-proclaimed Batman & Robin) after he outperformed them both with a career high 3 TDs, catching 8 passes for 137 yards. Buffalo beat the Bengals, 49-31.
The Bills finished 2010 splitting their final eight games after losing eight straight and have won three of four to start this season. Through four games, Johnson has 24 receptions for 314 yards and 3 TDs. But ironically, it was at Cincinnati last Sunday that Johnson failed to score a TD for the first time this year. And the Bills lost for the first time this season, 23-20.
On Saturday, Johnson had a little fun in downtown Cincinnati, pretending as though he couldn’t “hold his water” in this pic he posted on his Twitter page…
But the playful Johnson couldn’t help being pissed at the officials during the Bengals game for calling a third down catch he made late in the game to move the sticks incomplete (replays show it should have been a catch). The Bills were forced to punt the ball away and the Bengals proceeded to drive 80 yards in 10 plays to score the game-tying touchdown.
Said Stevie J about the incomplete call, “It changed a lot. We still had another opportunity out there, but that call definitely changed the game.”
But the 25-year old managed to take it all in stride on Twitter after the game:
What’s up is the Bills “billeve” they will end the team’s 11-year playoff drought in 2011 and that the kid with the trendy, stylish clothes and colorful personality at wideout will help lead them there.
With the strong, young talent the Bills have, I’m beginning to believe it as well. Seriously…I am.