Natalie Johnson never really wanted her youngest son, Kerryon, to play football.
There was no stopping the son she described as the "roughest one" among his four siblings, so Kerryon Johnson began playing flag football when he was just 5 years old. First as an offensive lineman before a late-game position change saw him rattle off a long touchdown on a quarterback keep and prompted a full-time change to running back.
"He would jump off the couch playing Ninja Turtles, split his head, so — when he played football, he just loved it, and I could never get him to change his mind," Natalie Johnson said. "After a while, it was just like, 'well, he's going to play football.'"
That's just one of the behind-the-scenes moments you'll see in Part One of AL.com's "Road to the Pros," a four-part documentary series chronicling the former Auburn star running back's journey from childhood through his pursuit of an NFL career.
Part One's debut sets the scene for the former Madison Academy standout and Alabama Mr. Football recipient's three-year career on the Plains, where he emerged as one of the nation's top running backs and was named the SEC's Offensive Player of the Year last season.