Although Saints reserve cornerback Marquis Johnson has only had minimal experience playing on the field, he has hammered out reps with New Orleans first-team defence players Jabari Greer and Patrick Robinson.
And yet his mother, Victoria Johnson, will always have a self-respecting attitude towards her son. Until recently joining the Saints, Johnson has never been able to speak up about his past. A past full of hard work and a haunting childhood in which he was mentally and physically abused by his mother’s ex husband.
Johnson’s plague began in his second-grade class when he exclaimed some horrible feelings during the class’s show-and-tell. It wasn’t just some horrible feelings but he also threw some threats on the table for those who would listen. Johnson’s mother extends just what the former key player for Alabama’s 2009 national championship had to say,
“He got up in show-and-tell and he told them he would kill whoever if they hurt me again. His teacher thought it was my current husband at the time. I was like, no, it had to be my past. That was my first awareness of anything. That’s when I first started talking to him and trying to find out what had been going on before we moved to Orlando.”
Marquis Johnson had a first row seat to the verbal abuse his mother went through. The puzzle piece that was missing was that his mother was unaware of her son’s maltreatment. He first voiced out in his second grade class and now wants to help other’s that are suffering much like he did.
“I’m not trying to be out there to have my name out there,” exclaimed Johnson. “But I have a story to tell, a testimony, and it doesn’t just need to be said in church. I want to be able to spread the word. I’m hands on.”
The Saint’s cornerback admitted that it only began with verbal abuse that eventually extended to both mental and physical abuse. Once Johnson got accepted into college he was marked for having ADHD and that’s when his troubles began pouring out. Johnson, who played football and sang in choirs to stay away from home as much as he could, gives full credit to church for helping him get through tough times and to where he is at now in the NFL.