Where Are They Now? Jerrod Johnson
You could say Jerrod Johnson bled maroon from birth. His dad coached high school football and played at Texas A&M University.
"I grew up being a ball boy and, of course, watching the Aggies, and A&M was kind of my dream school," explained Johnson.
He now holds records for career touchdown passes, passing yards, and completions at his dream school.
"It was literally living a dream and living a fantasy. Like I said, some of the best memories of my life were those five years in College Station," said Johnson.
His years at A&M weren’t without tough times. In December 2007, his father suddenly passed away.
"It was unfortunate that he never got to see me start a game. I went through some adversity and I grew up a lot," explained Johnson.
Then, just before his senior season, he tore his rotator cuff.
"Just being completely honest, it didn't go as planned, by any means. I had a lot of accolades and a lot of things I was looking forward to doing and I just wasn't the same player," said Johnson.
At the time, it was tough to understand. Looking back, Jerrod says he is thankful for what he went through.
"It took a lot of time and it was probably the hardest thing I have ever been through. As I look back at it, I know God has a plan and I guess it was just something I was meant to go through," Johnson said.
Jerrod spent seven years playing pro football, while pursuing his passion for coaching.
"I started my own business, The Quarterback Club of Houston, where I do private quarterback training for kids, everywhere from elementary age kids to guys training for their pro days," said Johnson. He also coaches receivers at St.Thomas High School in Houston.
"That's about as close as you can get to playing or scoring a touchdown when you know a kid took information you gave them, they applied it, and they reached where they wanted to reach. That's a pretty cool feeling," said Johnson.
Jerrod is trying his hand at something new, too. His new men’s clothing brand, Stately Gentleman, launches soon.
"I've kind of spent the last year researching fabrics and fits and cuts and trying to find the most comfortable men's t-shirts, hats, and polos," explained Johnson. "It's a focus on comfort, class, and charity."
The clothes will be themed with each city's hometown team. He is starting with College Station and Houston. Jerrod's dog, Uno, a miniature dachshund, is the logo for the new company. A portion of each sale will go to charity.
Stately Gentlemen will be available online in November. There is a link to the website under the related links section of this story.