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GET TO KNOW: Running back Ty Johnson


Johnson: In college it was TY or 1K after my sophomore season.


Johnson: Cumberland, Maryland.

If a Lions fan were to come to your hometown, the first place you would take them is ... ?

Johnson: D'Atri's. It's a hole-in-the-wall place in Cumberland. It's owned by the D'Atris. Good family and that's my city so it's my favorite place to go.

College major?

Johnson: Family Science. I was a kinesiology major so hopefully I can go back and get my degree in kinesiology.

View photos of Lions' sixth-round pick Ty Johnson from offseason workouts.

Favorite movie?

Johnson: The Express: The Ernie Davis Story.

Favorite TV show?

Johnson: I started watching The Bachelorette with T.J. Hock so that's my go-to now on Monday nights.

Favorite emoji?

Johnson: The plain face. The straight mouth, no emotion.

Favorite meal?

Johnson: Chicken parm. Homemade. It can't be frozen. It has to be freshly made.

Any hidden talents?

Johnson: I can cook really well. I can draw. I can't do true art, like realism and stuff like that, but I can draw cartoons.

If you weren't playing football, what would you be doing?

Johnson: I would probably be on the beach with my dog. He's a Saint Bernard Husky. I'd be doing that and training other athletes.

If you could have any super power, what would it be?

Johnson: Can I be like Thanos and just have the little time thing, the gauntlet? If I could have that, that would be sweet.

If you could play any other NFL position, what would you play?

Johnson: I couldn't even pick one. I love the position I play so I couldn't pick another one.

Favorite place to travel?

Johnson: I haven't traveled a lot to be honest. I just went to Florida for the first time and stayed there during pro day and combine training. So I would say Florida or somewhere down south.

One person you'd like to meet?

Johnson: Lolo Jones.

Favorite athlete of all time?

Johnson: Walter Payton and Reggie Bush.

Favorite thing about Detroit so far?

Johnson: The energy and the atmosphere. I haven't been able to get out and explore everything yet, but I've definitely heard good things. I love farmers markets and stuff like that, so I am excited to check out Eastern Market.