CrossFitter Signs With Steelers

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Athletes, Sports Applications

April 27, 2012

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After missing a post-college shot at the NFL because of the 2011 lockout, Will Johnson became determined to make it to the big league. CrossFit, he says, made the difference. Andréa Maria Cecil reports.

In most ways, Will Johnson is a quintessential CrossFitter.

After just two weeks, he started to see results, got addicted and had to be instructed to take rest days.

But there’s one difference, a big one: in late March, the 23-year-old was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Johnson credited the CrossFit training methodology for making his career dream a reality.

“All my numbers just drastically increased,” said the 6-foot-2, 242-lb. athlete. “And all that has to do with CrossFit.”

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3 Comments on “CrossFitter Signs With Steelers”


wrote …

Good luck making the team Will, I look forward to watching you play! As a HUGE Steelers fan and ardent Crossfitter let me say "welcome to the family"


Frank DiMeo wrote …

Great work, Will!


wrote …

Great story! Keep kicking butt and repping CrossFit! I identify too because I feel like I could sprint competitively again with this training. Love it :-)

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