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Brettesaurus Rex
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Saints OLB Rufus Johnson driven by father, not letting family down

Very cool story about one of our new OLBs

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METAIRIE, La. — Rufus Johnson looks at the Saints’ defensive playbook and understands its difficulties and intricacies and knows he has a ways to go before he has it all covered.
He also believes that once he has it mastered, he could be pretty good.
But that’s not what drives him. That’s not what keeps him playing the game.
It’s his father, Rufus Johnson Sr., who is in the hospital battling an illness who keeps Rufus Jr., going with a full heart and a clear vision.
“When I do get to talk to my dad, I got a feeling I keep my father strong,” said Rufus Johnson Jr., who said only that his father is battling a diabetes-related health issue. “I’m the reason my father is still here. … I’m going to keep on pushing because I’m afraid I’m going to let some of my family down.”


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Already he’s catching the eyes of his coaches and teammates.
“We’re playing this young kid from Tarleton State and changing positions is the first thing he doing,” Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said. “He has got a lot on his plate but talent-wise and physicality, this kid is going to be good.”
“I think as a pure pass rusher, you say, we’re not sure yet,” right tackle Zach Strief said. “But as an athlete, I think he has got everything you need to be successful.”
For now, Johnson is comfortable with the pass-rushing part of his new job as an outside linebacker. It’s the coverage part that needs work but once that’s down, watch out.
“I’ve got good athletic skills,” Johnson said. “I can rush passer pretty well. Once I get used to coverage-wise, I’ll be pretty good.”



jamal
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re: Saints OLB Rufus Johnson driven by father, not letting family down
I hope this dude succeeds.


sicboy
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re: Saints OLB Rufus Johnson driven by father, not letting family down
"Rufus Johnson" just sounds like a BA LB's name. I could get used to hearing it for years to come


TigerFanNKaty
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re: Saints OLB Rufus Johnson driven by father, not letting family down
Hope is Father pulls through to see him play.


Brettesaurus Rex
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jamal

sweet sig


jamal
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GOON
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Hope his Father pulls through to see him play.


Would love to see this kid fulfill his potential.


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Patrick O Rly
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y u do dis?
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re: Saints OLB Rufus Johnson driven by father, not letting family down
Rufus "Big" Johnson

Let me just say that I'm a bit worried of him living in New Orleans if diabetes runs in his family (benyays). I'm assuming that's why we skipped on Jarvis Jones, and why we didn't trade up and draft TM7 (because of the marijuana cigarettes being so readily available to the youths in Nola).


death valley driver
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re: Saints OLB Rufus Johnson driven by father, not letting family down
Can't wait to hear ROOOOOOOOOOOOOOO when he plants Matty shitpants week 1


SaintEB
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when he plants Matty shitpants week 1


While I'm all for it, that's a long shot. I'd take anyone planting that asshat into the turf.


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sicboy
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re: Saints OLB Rufus Johnson driven by father, not letting family down
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benyays


o_O


Patrick O Rly
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y u do dis?
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re: Saints OLB Rufus Johnson driven by father, not letting family down
They're sort of like funnel cakes. You should try them.


Brettesaurus Rex
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because of the marijuana cigarettes being so readily available to the youths in Nola

Bwahahahahaha I lost it


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sicboy
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I'm fully aware what they are. Just curious what muppet taught you how to spell it.


Patrick O Rly
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re: Saints OLB Rufus Johnson driven by father, not letting family down
It's not rocket science. It's English. You just sound it out.


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Byron Bojangles III
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re: Saints OLB Rufus Johnson driven by father, not letting family down
listening to his coach on WWL he mentioned Rufus missed a class or something and his father was notified and Rufus was early to every single class after that

Apparently his dad strikes the fear of God into him


Hoodoo Man
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re: Saints OLB Rufus Johnson driven by father, not letting family down
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Apparently his dad strikes the fear of God into him

Then why did he get passed up by 32 teams 7 times?


Big Sway
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Please Lord
Let Rufus Johnson be another Ricky Jackson.
Amen


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Chad504boy
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Brettesaurus Rex
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Then why did he get passed up by 32 teams 7 times?

I absolutely hate this response. You really think every single team in every round was thinking "hmmm should we take him here? nah."
People drop for all kinds of different reasons. Not saying he's the next LT, but i hate the "oh well everyone passed on him" excuse.


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