The whistle sounded to end practice, and wave upon wave of Pittsburgh Steelers jogged off the field to the comfort of the locker room.
Not David Johnson.
To be honest, the tight end doesn't jog. Ever. Johnson moves with a deliberateness typically reserved for those with no particular place to go and no incentive to get there early.
While his teammates made a beeline for the shower, Johnson spent an extra 10 minutes going through one-on-one blocking drills in front of coach Mike Tomlin. Physically spent, he strolled toward the locker room while drinking in the moment his career finally reverted back to normal.
Sure, Johnson never doubted he would make it all the way back from the torn ACL in his right knee that sidelined him for more than a year. He's wise enough to understand, however, that not everybody does.
''I just kept my faith,'' said Johnson, who turns 26 Monday. ''It got a little frustrating at times but in the end you know that you're fortunate.''
Barely 72 hours afte...