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Old 04-19-2013, 10:14 AM   #1
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Johnson's "up hill" battle pays off
Posted Apr 17, 2013
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It’s a hill that has earned the nickname “Cardiac Hill” for good reason. Walking up the long, steep incline, located in the heart of the University of Pittsburgh campus, leaves many gasping for breath. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart and normally only “climbed” when it’s a necessity to get somewhere, not done by choice.

But last offseason, as he was working to get in shape for the coming year, tight end David Johnson made the trek over to Pitt’s campus to take on DeSoto Street, aka “Cardiac Hill.” And he wasn’t taking leisurely strolls. Johnson was running the hill, at the hottest part of the day, the sun beating down on him and the concrete under his feet burning.

“I didn’t know it was called that, but now I understand why,” laughed Johnson, who is making the “Cardiac Hill” run again this year. “It’s a pretty long hill.”

Johnson would run it two to three times a week, at first making it to the top five times, but eventually mastering it and making it 10 times a day.

“It wasn’t easy at all. I don’t think one day was easy,” said Johnson. “It was always hot out there. I would be really tired. Growing up in Arkansas it was a lot hotter, but those hills weren’t there. It wasn’t the heat, it was the hill.

“Once I started doing it more, it was easier. When you put your mind to it, you can do those things.”

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Sounds like DJ is working hard to get in shape and be productive in his return. He at least gives us another TE option with Heath out since he's making the switch back to that position. Let's hope all the hard work pays off and he can make the loss of Miller a little easier to take.
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So much for him being a downhill player.......
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But will it do anything to soften his hands of stone?
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But will it do anything to soften his hands of stone?
i'll still never forgive him for whiffing that block in the super bowl
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i'll still never forgive him for whiffing that block in the super bowl
That was the game.
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I thought Will Johnson blocked pretty well for as little as he was utilized, I wonder if we'll keep them both.
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I thought Will Johnson blocked pretty well for as little as he was utilized, I wonder if we'll keep them both.
I thought he showed a lot of promise.

Good blocker with decent hands.

Much bigger upside than DJ IMO.
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That was the game.
No, the game was Chris Kemoeatu getting ridden back into Roethlisberger by a scrub named Howard Green, resulting in a 14-point swing in a game the Steelers lost by six.

But yeah, the blocking didn't impress me that game, considering two of the three Steelers turnovers were directly the result of poor blocking.
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That was the game.
But Mendy has to hold onto the ball, dammit. It's a football game, you need to be a football player.
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