For more than 25 years, Johnson has been covering sports — especially football — in the state of Tennessee. He started writing and photograpghing events while he was still in high school, and quickly became the youngest local sports editor in the state. After a few years, Johnson got his degree in mass communications and continued that trend, writing and broadcasting sports. He has worked for many newspapers, of varying size, most recently coering events for the Knoxville News-Sentinel and the Miami Herald. Johnson has been honored with multiple awards from the Tennessee Press Assoication and the Associated Press.