Super Bowl-winning quarterback Brad Johnson spins a football inside his Athens, Ga., home. (Sam Farmer / Los Angeles Times)
Back in his NFL days, burly quarterback Brad Johnson was “The Bull.”
Now, he’s all about H-O-R-S-E.
Johnson, who 20 years ago guided the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to their first Super Bowl win, now spends hours a day on his backyard basketball court, or sometimes a local football field, stringing together trick shots that he posts on TikTok as “BigBadBrad14.”
What started as a hobby to pass the time during the pandemic has morphed into something of an obsession for Johnson, who is equally adept at throwing a football and shooting a basketball. He was an all-state high school basketball player in North Carolina, and played hoops for his first two years at Florida State.
“It’s almost like, not therapy, but it’s my goal, my quest,” said Johnson in his friendly Southern drawl. “Can I actually get this thing done?”
Unlike other trick-shot artists who make videos that go viral, Johnson isn’t trying to make a single shot but a string of them. So he might throw a football right-handed to make a full-court shot, but then he’ll match that with his left hand.
Or, in rapid-fire succession, he’ll punt a football, kick a field goal, then throw a pass that knocks his punt out of the air.
Or, he’ll bank in a spinning basketball off the tip of his finger, then turn his back to the basket and make a free throw by bouncing the ball between his legs, then grab a football and hit a full-court swish.
“Sometimes it’s first try, first take,” he said. “Sometimes it takes hours and hours. Sometimes, you’ve got to come back the next day and try it again. And sometimes it just doesn’t happen.”
Often, he’ll leave a ball rolling in the background of the shot to show his roughly 60,000 TikTok followers he’s not relying on trick photography.
It’s all a testament to his relentless persistence.
“As far as the work ethic and determination,…
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Author : LA Times
Publish date : 2022-05-25 11:00:27
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