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Bear Tracks - Heyden Johnson

posted May 4, 2013, 6:57 PM by Tahoma Football   [ updated May 4, 2013, 7:01 PM ]
Heyden Johnson, Class of 2009In our weekly "Bear Tracks" feature, we catch up with a Tahoma Football alumnus and find out what they are doing after graduation.

    In 2008, Heyden Johnson spearheaded one of the most potent passing offenses in Tahoma football history. That season, he threw for 1,173 yards on only 147 attempts - at the time, the 2nd best passing season this school had ever seen. 

    In addition to playing football, Heyden also dabbled in basketball and baseball, and was involved in the Tahoma’s leadership program. In conjunction with his academics, this well-rounded background allowed him the opportunity to continue his education at Washington State University, where he is preparing to graduate this fall. At WSU, he is majoring in General Studies with an emphasis in Communications and a minor in Anthropology. As if that wasn’t enough, he has also been spending his summers working at Alaska Marine Lines as a longshoreman.

    So why does Heyden stay so busy? Because of what he learned playing football at Tahoma. “You should never stop before the finish, always run through the line. In football this would mean up downs, so I carry the meaning of this very close to me in whatever I do.” In other words, he wants to give maximum effort and concentration in everything he does.

    To this day, Heyden looks back on his football career with fondness. His advice to current players? “Make sure that you relish and realize the moment that you have in front of you right now because playing Tahoma football is something that you will remember for the rest of your life, and is something that you will talk about with your friends for many years to come.”

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