Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Kurt Warner Reaches Out To Steve Johnson Via Twitter
Nice post here that I spotted over at http://susanshan.com/... Buffalo Bills receiver Steve Johnson took a lot of heat for dropping a potential game-winning pass Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, then took to twitter with this tweet where it was assumed he was blaming God for the drop shortly after the game:
@StevieJohnson13: I PRAISE YOU 24/7!!!!!! AND THIS HOW YOU DO ME!!!!! YOU EXPECT ME TO LEARN FROM THIS??? HOW???!!! ILL NEVER FORGET THIS!! EVER!!! THX THO…
If you recall this is the same Steve Johnson who hauled in 3 touchdown passes the previous week and has been enjoying a strong season so far. The next day, Johnson followed with a series of tweets explaining the previous one:
@StevieJohnson13: I learned A lot Within 24hrs. Saw Both Sides.(Ups&Dwns) I AM HAPPY & THANKFUL 4 YESTERDAY! w/out Sunday iWldnt have grew closer w/The Lord!!
@StevieJohnson13: And No I Did Not Blame God People! Seriously??!? CMon! I Simply Cried Out And Asked Why? Jus Like yal did wen sumthin went wrong n ur life!
@StevieJohnson13: So Before Yall..well I’m pretty sure you’ve awready judged me. I hope you guys look n the mirror. I dnt blame u 4 being mad @ my gm I WAS 2!
@StevieJohnson13: Spoke To Friends Fam Teammates and Most Importantly I Spoke With My Wife. I Honestly Believe Evrything Happens For A Reason! Everything!
@StevieJohnson13: S/O To My Real Friends And Fanollowers! Also Major S/O To Them Bills Fans! I Don’t Play For Myself and AnyOne who know ME knows That!
@StevieJohnson13: I PLAY W/PASSION AND EMOTION! I HURT WEN I DNT MAKE A PLAY BKUZ iKNO THAT’S WHA MY TEAM,FAM,N MY CITIES WANT TO SEE! N THAS A WINs N PLAYS!
@StevieJohnson13: I can continue but ill leave it at that! N THANKS AGAIN! Oh Yea And S/O To the Bills Fans That Bash Bills Players! Real Talk Its Still Luv!!
@StevieJohnson13: GMorning World.. (slowly walks in n looks around out the corners of my eyes) Nah Wutup World #LetsPutASmileOnThatFace New Day We ALL Blessed
After seeing this, recently retired NFL great Kurt Warner reached out to Johnson with these tweets:
@kurt13warner: @StevieJohnson13 Hey, man, we all have those moments! I had way too many of them… Keep ur head up, U will b on other side next time!
@kurt13warner: @StevieJohnson13 I asked same thing when released in STL & benched 3 times, But then God did his thing… Be ready! Enjoy watching you play!
@kurt13warner: @StevieJohnson13 Last thing… Keep representing the ‘Lucky 13′!
Nice gesture here from the classy Warner. People should take note of this and try to offer some support instead of constantly focusing on the negative. I personally didn't think Johnson was blaming God for the drop. Maybe I bought into the whole "Why So Serious" thing from his touchdown celebration on 11/20 (see here for more on that). The third year receiver has had a very good year so far and drops, mental lapses, etc happen sometimes. Either way, kind words often go a lot further than negative.
Nicely done, Mr. Warner.