When Quentin Johnston was picked by the Chargers in the first round of the April draft, his first thought wasn’t about the new car or house he might be able to buy with his rookie deal, but rather that his mother might be able to afford it. It was a prospect. Retire with his help.
He told his mom on draft night that he could quit his job and retire, and after signing a formal rookie deal last Friday, he intends to keep that promise.
Speaking to the media after practice at Rookie Minicamp, he talked about what it means to him to be able to make such a big difference in his family’s life.
It means the world to me. i have a big family. Obviously, growing up, I wouldn’t be where I am today without the sacrifices of my parents and my parents who took me to another game, another practice, another event. . already planned. I wanted to do the same for my father, but he was already retired, so I just gave him a push on the spot. He’s all about giving back to them and seeing their expressions.
Clearly, Johnston was motivated by more than money in his first year with the Chargers, and if his comments are any indication, he will pay back all the aid that got him into the NFL. We’re making good progress in that direction.
This story originally appeared on Chargers Wire