Larry Johnson Press Conference

Running back Larry Johnson is well aware of his controversial past and he'll looking forward to the opportunity to revive his NFL career with the Dolphins. He touched on his past and his future when he met with reporters after signing with Miami.

Here's what Johnson had to say on various topics:

On the opportunity to keep playing: "It's a great opportunity, just to get my career back on track and it was great enough of the organization to let me come in and try out and show them what I got so everything is moving real, real fast. I thought I was going to come in for a grace period, you know, kind of watch from the sideline, but they were like no, they got me suited up, already out there so it was good for me."

On what other teams were interested: "Nothing really, we were starting to get things rolling and putting calls out so I was kind of banking on here because, you know, I was ready here, I was already living here so it was good to actually stay here and wouldn't have to make a transition so I was kind of hoping that they were going to give me a workout tryout."

On what you can bring to this offense: "I mean, it's only too few guys that who have their own character, their own way of doing things. Hopefully, I bring a little bit more old school toughness that I already had in Kansas City. Hopefully, that will give some of the younger guys who don't really have experience running certain plays, kind of insights that the plays that worked for me, which is the same plays that they run here, the same plays that worked for me in Kansas City. It will be a good thing as far as knowledge to give to some of the younger guys."

On his age: "I feel like I'm still in my 20s because I really never had to be thrown in as being a starter when I first got to Kansas City. I spent two or three years behind Priest (Holmes)…two years on my own and then kind of moved on from there so I always felt that I was in good enough shape, body condition wise to be able to play."

On how he is going to be used in the offense: "Whatever they have me doing. Obviously, I have to impress the coaches a little bit more and, you know, there are two preseason games left so hopefully I can impress them enough, I hope to find a role as far as what they want me to do for this offense."

On having fresh legs: "I haven't gotten beaten up yet, you know, I've only had one injury in my whole nine-year career playing football so really is, I still feel fresher then some of the guys in the NFL as far as starting every year, every year now so I feel a lot better than most backs."

On the difficulty of finding a place to call home: "I don't know, I think situations happen obviously and in D.C. (Washington D.C.), things were a little different, you know, it was special teams situation where we had three or four backs already and you know, you usually go with the younger guy that you know is going to stay on for years to come and with me, when you get up in age, that's the way it is, you kind of bounce around until you find a place to be."

On being humbled the last couple of years: "No, it just had me realize that, you know, you can't get frustrated, it is a business, you can't take everything personal, and you got to understand where you are in your career, things that you've done and you kind of move on from there, you know, do the best you can with the opportunities given, which was given to you."

On what have you been doing the last year or so: "I've been working out (at) Bommarito (Performance Systems). (They are) great with all the athletes that live down here so I've been in Fort Lauderdale this whole time here working out since last year so just being out here, already getting acclimated, just training, that's all I've been doing."

On why he felt he was still available: "It was just history; I don't think it has to do with anything with talent, it's all history and this is a business. You want to put your best guys who represent your organization and you put a scale as far as what you want, you know, you go with the guy with the clearer slate, talent you can build on rather than the guy with the most talent, with the most problems so that's what I kind of realized going through this process and you know, I you can do is be thankful for just one little shot, whether it last a week, a month, just keep moving from there."

On talking to Daniel Thomas: "Yeah, I talked to most of the guys, you know, I joked them because he's a K-State (Kansas State) guy and when I was in Kansas City and he was in college, a young guy in college so it was kind of fun to joke with him, same places we known in and out of Kansas City so."

On talking about off the field: "It wasn't really what I have to prove to them talent wise, you know, obviously, I still have to do what I got to do on the football field, which is easy, but obviously, I have to convince, but it's kind of hard to convince with my colorful background that like yeah, I changed, yeah, I can do better, you just grow older as the years go on and you can just do the best you can with the situation you get into."

On have you changed: "I mean, you change with every situation you go through you change. Obviously, you know that each time you can't get any more shots. I was young, 25, in Kansas City and I was only thinking, I'm going to get another shot, I'm going to get another shot, I'm going to keep going, I'm going to keep going, and those chances start coming up kind of short, and you just learn your lesson and do what you can do, the best you can with the opportunity, and ride on out to the sunset."

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