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Released RB Johnson Wants to Play for the Steelers?

When Larry Johnson was shown the door in Kansas City Monday, there was an immediate thought that the former Penn State back would end up in the state where he played his college ball – Pennsylvania. Yes, the word from ESPN’s Adam Schefter is that the former 1700 yard back wants to play with the defending champion Steelers.

Back in the 2003 season, Johnson felt he was going to end up as a Steeler, but instead the team made a deal with the Chiefs to move up and grabbed now all-world safety Troy Polamalu. Johnson fell to the 27th pick, going instead to Kansas City.

Johnson was maybe the best back in football in the 05-06 and 06-07 seasons, going for 1750 and 1789 years in those two years, and piling up 40 touchdowns in those two years. If Johnson clears waivers, the word from Schefter is that he wants to play in Pittsburgh.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.



  1. Skip Reardon

    November 9, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    For heaven’s sake – Coach Tomlin: do NOT add this cancer to the team. Lots of other tough guys out there ready to lay it down for Steeler Nation.

    Nuff ‘said.

  2. mark

    November 10, 2009 at 9:14 am

    NOPE!!!! This offense is just fine without a pain in the *s$ like Johnson.

  3. Brian

    November 10, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    As a PSU fan (and alum), I would have been pleased to see the Black & Gold draft Johnson in 2003. Since that time, Johnson’s behavior has made the news more than his gridiron exploits, so I now much prefer that he stay out of the Pittsburgh locker room.

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