Since football isn't working out, ex-AU QB Jeremy Johnson has different pro career in mind
With his college football career in the books, former Auburn QB Jeremy Johnson is turning back to the sport he calls his first love, basketball.
“It’s another opportunity,” told the Montgomery Advertiser’s A. Stacy Long. “It’s another way for me to provide for my family. When my agent called, he said, ‘If you really want to play basketball again, you have the talent.’”
Johnson hasn’t given up on football, but is looking at an opportunity to play professional basketball overseas.
“I said sure. I’m still waiting on football, but it feels good to be able to play basketball again.”
At G.W. Carver High School, Johnson played both football and basketball and initially planned to be a two-sport athlete at Auburn. Johnson’s agent Zack Gottfried says his client has been training in Miami and playing in a Montgomery adult league.
“He looks great,” Gottfried said. “He’s got it back pretty quickly. He has a great 3-point shot. He’s already lost 10 pounds, so he’s looking leaner. He’s getting his game back together.”
Johnson told the Advertiser he’s willing to play anywhere for an opportunity. He hopes to sign this month as many overseas leagues start in October.
Johnson’s high school coach James Jackson hopes to one day see his former player back in the states.
“I think he still has it for basketball,” Jackson said. “I would love to see him in the NBA someday.”