Chris Johnson played running back in the NFL for 10 seasons and had one magical year rushing for 2,006 yards on more than 350 rushing attempts.
The three-time Pro Bowler is now saying that he makes sure his sons do not play running back and instead steers them toward playing quarterback, wide receiver or cornerback.
“If I could do it all over again, when that coach came to me and told me, ‘You should switch your position to receiver or cornerback,’ I would have did it,” Johnson told TMZ Sports on Sunday.
Johnson cited the big difference in pay among the positions.
“I really believe in my head, if I played receiver or cornerback, I would still be playing in the league to this day and still making $15, $16 million a year at those positions,” Johnson told TMZ Sports.
Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley is the highest paid at his position, earning $14.3 million per year, followed by the New York Jets’ Le’Veon Bell, who sat out an entire season just to hit a payday of $13.1 million per year.
The highest-paid quarterback, Russell Wilson, is set to make $35 million this season. The highest-paid cornerback, Xavien Howard, will make $15.5 million this season.
Despite being one of the top running backs in the league, Johnson never made more than $10 million in base salary in one season. He earned about $45 million over the course of his career.