Larry Johnson grew up in Maryland and started playing football under the leadership of his father, who was a school vice principal and football coach. He went on to become a standout running back at Pennsylvania State University, and was named a unanimous first team All-American for the NCAA in 2002. During his senior year as a Nittany Lion, Johnson broke the school’s record for yards rushed in a game three different times, as well as the NCAA record for achieving a 2,000+ yard season on the fewest carries. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Arts in 2002, Johnson became the 27th overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft, where he began his professional football career with the Kansas City Chiefs. Johnson was selected to the NFL Pro Bowl in 2005 and 2006, and in 2005 led the league in rushing yards and touchdowns. His tenure with the Chiefs ended in 2009, and he went on to play for several other NFL teams including the Cincinnati Bengals, Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins.
Throughout his NFL career, Johnson faced several encounters with the law, public outbursts and personal struggles. Unsure of what life after the NFL would look like, he sought opportunities to help him transition into the corporate and philanthropic world. With the birth of his daughter also came a new perspective on life. Johnson now aims to help youth who feel as lost as he once did, by teaming up with The Motivational Edge as Chairman of their Edge Ambassador program. Aside from speaking with youth, his goals are set on generating awareness and funds for the organization and its ambassador program. ME serves as the leading Arts-Based Youth Development agency in Florida, working with youth in underserved communities, group homes, homeless shelters, foster homes, juvenile detention centers and statewide inpatient psychiatric facilities. Learn more about Larry Johnson below!