Originally posted on Fox Sports Kansas City
By SEAN KEELER  |  Last updated 12/18/13

DENVER - JANUARY 03: Linebacker Derrick Johnson #56 of the Kansas City Chiefs intercepts a pass by Kyle Orton of the Denver Broncos and returns it 45 yards for a touchdown to give the Chiefs a 27-17 lead in the third quarter during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on January 3, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. Johnson returned two Orton interceptions for touchdowns in the game as the Chiefs defeated the Broncos 44-24. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Derrick Johnson isn't going to kick his old college coach while he's down. Or on his way out. "You know, it's a hard deal for anybody to step down from a job that's probably the best job in college football," the Kansas City Chiefs' linebacker said Wednesday when asked about soon-to-be-ex-Texas coach Mack Brown. "He's done a lot at Texas." Brown announced his resignation Saturday after 16 years on the job. His career ledger in Austin is 158-47 with an Alamo Bowl yet to play, but the 'Horns haven't played in a BCS bowl since January 2010 and have averaged just 7.5 wins over the previous four seasons. Johnson was a lynchpin of Brown's earlier defenses, and was a consensus All-American with the Longhorns in 2003 and 2004. During his tenure in burnt orange, UT averaged 11 victories per season and won two Big 12 South Division crowns. "(Mack is) a father figure to all the guys he's coached," said Johnson, who recorded 458 tackles, 69 for loss, with Texas from 2001-2004. "He's always going to be that. He's affected a lot of people in great ways." Including yourself? "Oh definitely, definitely. I mean, he's always been a father figure in my life. I'm just glad that I got a chance to (be a part of) his legacy." You can follow Sean Keeler on Twitter @seankeeler or email him at seanmkeeler@gmail.com.
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