Titans & Defensive Back Lonnie Johnson Jr. Donate To Local Middle School Football Team

Lonnie Johnson Jr. #20 of the Tennessee Titans donating a check for new equipment at John Early Middle School. Photo: Cameron Faulkner/Tennessee Titans

The Tennessee Titans and Titans defensive back Lonnie Johnson Jr. have partnered to donate to John Early Middle School’s football team. Located in Nashville, the school is just over a mile away from the Titans’ practice facility, Ascension Saint Thomas Sports Park.

The donation will allow the school to purchase new shoulder pads for the team. The team currently has 40 players, but is operating with only 18 pairs of shoulder pads.

Lonnie Johnson Jr. and the John Early Middle School football team. Photo: Cameron Faulkner/Tennessee Titans

“I’m thankful to be in a position where I can help the team get the equipment they need in order to play football,” Johnson Jr. notes. “Playing sports as a kid helped shape me into who I am today, so I’m excited to help provide kids in our community with that same opportunity.”

“Our goal at John Early is to be the best middle school in MNPS because our students, families, staff, and community deserve it,” adds Executive Principal of John Early Middle School Jeremy Riggs. “We are grateful to Mr. Johnson for this generous donation which shows our students that they deserve the best.”

Johnson Jr. marks his first season with the Titans this year and his fourth in the NFL overall. Originally drafted by the Houston Texans in the second round (54th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft, he’s notched 160 tackles, three interceptions and 13 passes defensed in 46 career games. Johnson Jr. played collegiately at the University of Kentucky.

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