Found November 05, 2012 on
Stevie Johnson's path to NFL stardom wasn't an easy one, but he may be better for it. Johnson grew up in one of the most dangerous sections of San Francisco -- Hunters Point. He told Tim Graham of the Buffalo News that as the rest of his football and basketball teammates growing up were joining gangs and committing crimes, he was committing himself to his craft as an athlete. It took his stepfather's sudden rap success to move the family to Fairfield, Calif. -- a safer suburb 35 miles away from the city. Andre "Herm" Lewis met Johnson's mother when the wide receiver was two after Lewis got out of prison for a drug sentence. Lewis cleaned up his act and started producing rap records for artists like Master P and JT the Big Fella. When Johnson got to his new town, his high school was without a football team. Angelo Rodriguez High School didn't start a varsity football program until the Bills' wide receiver was already a junior. As m...
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