Philadelphia Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson would never offer a kind gesture to cast a light on himself. That’s exactly why it’s our job to do so.
Sometimes, we spend so much time discussing blocking schemes and depth chart predictions that we forget the guys who play our favorite game are people just like we are, so, oftentimes, what we’ll do is we gloss over their outside ventures and the kind things they do. We didn’t want to do that with Philadelphia Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson.
He recently showed a side of himself that we don’t often see or talk about, probably because we’d rather see him drive defensive ends and blitzing linebackers backwards and into the turf.
Prior to what may end up being a Pro Football Hall of Fame career with the Philadelphia Eagles, ’65’ cut his teeth at the University of Oklahoma and was a standout out in one of the most celebrated college football programs in the country. Prior to that, he spent some time at a lesser known college and worked his way up through their program.
That was at Kilgore College in Texas. Anyone else wondering how the Longhorns missed out on him and let him find his way to Norman, Oklahoma?
Maybe that’s another story for another day.
Johnson is one of Kilgore’s most beloved sons, and kind gestures like the one he recently made to his old stomping ground will do nothing to change that. Just in case you haven’t heard, Johnson announced on Wednesday, May 22nd that he’ll be donating $500,000 to the school so that they can begin construction on a new athletic facility. It will be called ‘The Lane’.
It kind of has a nice ring to it when you think about it.
Johnson played quarterback (yes we said quarterback) and tight end for Kilgore before transferring to OU. One can only guess what a read option might have looked like, but either way, we know two things.
One, he’s made a nice name for himself playing tackle, and second, Johnson does a lot of great things that we don’t often give him credit for. That isn’t because he craves the adulation for doing so. He does it because it’s the right thing to do.
With that being said, we’ll make sure we do our part to remind everyone how good of a guy he is, and we’ll do so every chance we get. Great job ’65’.