Jovon Johnson is an eleven-year professional football veteran, currently a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League. The purpose of the Jovon Johnson Skills Academy is to offer coaching and guidance for situations on and off the football field. It is our goal to create a better athlete and person through the short time we get to spend with each child. We come here to learn respect, teamwork, sportsmanship, and all the great qualities of being a football player.
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A native of Erie, Pennsylvania, Jovon basketball and football player standout at Mercyhurst Preparatory School before attending the University of Iowa, where he starred in the Hawkeyes secondary, recording 17 career interceptions, which currently ranks #2 all-time in Hawkeyes history.
Jovon entered the NFL in 2006 as a member of the New York Jets, and later joined the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he spent much of his rookie season before beginning his career in the CFL. In 2007, Johnson joined the Saskatchewan Roughriders and has since been a member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Ottawa RedBlacks, Montreal Alouettes, and currently the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Johnson is a five-time CFL all-star, a one-time Grey Cup champion and in 2011 was the first Defensive Back in CFL history to earn the league's Most Outstanding Defensive Player Award. Through ten years in the CFL, Jovon has recorded 32 interceptions and 7 defensive touchdowns. Johnson's #2 jersey was recently retired by Mercyhurst Prep.
Jovon resides in Erie, PA and Madison, WI and is happily married. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Health and Sports Administration.
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In 2008, Jovon lost his brother, DaQuan, to gun violence. His hometown of Erie, Pennsylvania, now more than ever, is riddled with gun violence and crime. In winter of 2012, Jovon started his skills academy as a way for Erie's youth to not only see what it takes to thrive in sports and to learn from a professional, but as a release for children to take their minds off of anything negative. This is a way for children to learn football fundamentals, compete, have fun, and receive guidance from someone who has once been in their shoes.