The Wolfpacker

September 2017

The Wolfpacker: An Independent Magazine Covering NC State Sports

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88 ■ THE WOLFPACKER ■ PACK PAST mitment was to the school, and it is some- thing that I am still committed to all these years later." Johnson attends two or three games a year and always tries to make an appear- ance when the Wolfpack Club Caravan travels to the beach. After he retired from the NFL in 1993, Johnson returned to his hometown of Morehead City, as he did every offsea- son, to help his father's marine construc- tion business, building docks, seawalls and bridges. When the elder Johnson retired, the younger Johnson started a concrete con- struction business, pouring foundations, driveways, sidewalks and other similar structures. "I loved coming back to work with my father during college breaks and during the offseason," he said. "I love working with my hands and building things, and I have loved working for myself. "I've been fortunate to be busy most of the time, maybe a little too busy at times." Mostly, however, the 55-year-old is happy he has the ability to do the work he loves after playing the sport that made him a star. "God blessed me," Johnson said. "I was fortunate to play as long as I did and get out of the sport in good health. I was able to make a smooth transition and return home to do what I always wanted to do." ■ Tim Peeler is a regular contributor to The Wolfpacker. You may contact him at Supplier of high quality warm season turf for golf courses, athletic fields and residential lawns since 1985. Varieties include: • Bermudas • Centipede • St Augustine • Zoysias 1-866-259-3064 Burgaw, NC "Let us help you create your lawn, fairway or field of dreams!" A Charter Partner of the Lonnie Poole Golf Course and a major sod supplier during construction. Quality Turf, Inc. Alfred Wooten, Turfgrass Management Class of '77 in a field of Empire Zoysia ready for harvest. Go Pack! 7 Days a week Low Rates • • Various sizes available • Fenced/lighted/cameras • Insurance • Personal • Commercial • Boats • RVs • Mobile homes • Trucks • Outside storage available 2107 Hwy. 70 East, Garner 27529 Take I-40E Exit 306 to 70 E. Go 1 mile on the left Distributor of Hydraulic and Pneumatic Components 1 - 8 0 0 - 6 8 2 - 1 3 4 9 w w w. I n l i n e F l u i d Po we r. c o m Hose Assembly Quick Couplers Metrics Tubing Tube Fittings Brass Components Tooling Technical Service • • • • • • • • Instrumentation Industrial Hose Swivels Tube Clamps Crimpers Thermoplastic Fittings Flanges Fabricating Equipment • • • • • • • • 1415 South Brightleaf Blvd. P.O. Box 179 Smithfield, NC 27577 David R. Sawrey NCSU Class of '75 Johnson's 384 career tackles still rank sixth all time at NC State. PHOTO COURTESY NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

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