NFL Online Clinic on April 2nd & April 9th
April 2nd 2020
Speaker: Thomas „Pepper“ Johnson
How to develop a LB in the 3-4 Defense
April 9th 2020
Speaker: Marcus Pollard
Developing a modern Offense using a TE
Thomas „Pepper“ Johnson
Thomas „Pepper“ Johnson (born July 29, 1964) is an American football coach and former linebacker who played in the National Football League for 13 seasons, the first seven of which were for the New York Giants. He won two Super Bowls with the Giants before playing for the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions and New York Jets. After his playing career ended, Johnson began working as an assistant coach for the New England Patriots. In New England he was reunited with Bill Belichick, for whom Johnson played as a Giant and Brown. He spent 14 seasons with the organization, winning three Super Bowls, before leaving the Patriots to work as the defensive line coach for the Buffalo Bills and then the New York Jets.
Career highlights and awards:
– 2× Pro Bowl (1990, 1994)
– First-team All-Pro (1990)
– All-American (1985)
– 2× Super Bowl champion (XXI, XXV)
– 3× Super Bowl champion (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX)
Pollard played 14 seasons (1995-2008) in the NFL as a tight end and spent time with Indianapolis, Detroit, Seattle, New England and Atlanta. He earned a roster spot in 1995 with the Colts after a tryout during training camp and played in all but six games for the club over a nine-year span from 1996-2004. He went on to play in 192 games with 131 starts and recorded 349 receptions for 4,280 yards and 40 touchdowns.
Following his retirement, Pollard served as an assistant coach at Lanett High School, from 2008-12.
Since 2013 he is coaching with the Jacksonville Jaguars of the NFL.