There are good ways to start your NFL career, and there are bad ways. Rams rookie cornerback Trumaine Johnson knows about the bad ways.
The third-round draft pick reached a contract agreement with the team on Tuesday, which made him eligible to join the team at training camp on Wednesday. But Johnson couldn’t make it in time for his first official practice because of a regrettable turn of events in his hometown of Stockton, Calif.
“I set my alarm clock,” Johnson said, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I didn’t hear it. I missed my flight. I messed up.”
Chalk it up as a rookie mistake. The good news is Johnson won’t be fined by coach Jeff Fisher for his tardiness. Rams rookie camp is all that’s taking place right now, and missing one day of that isn’t as bad as missing a day of full-squad practice, which starts on Sunday. But still, you have to think Johnson regrets things starting off like this. Let’s just hope he used the extra time wisely and remembered to bring a TV.