Lane Johnson And the Bear-Wrestling Caper

Lane Johnson told us on Friday that he wrestled bears “in his spare time” growing up. Only to say that he made the whole thing up minutes later. Interesting way to introduce yourself to Philadelphia.

“I thought it  would be a good joke, people may think we do that down in Texas, but it wasn’t. Sorry if I led you all the wrong way,” he said.

His father-in-law hinted that the story may have been a bit exaggerated shortly after his boy’s press conference was through. It was hogs that he would mix it up with. Donning a cowboy hat and with his words drenched in a deep Texas accent, James Evans talked to a group of attentive reporters about life in the small town of Groveton.

“We’ve always run hogs,” said Evans. “We live on a ranch. We’ve always had dogs who chase the hogs. Catch ’em, cut ’em, turn ’em loose. Then go kill ’em later on and go eat the bacon and the ham. The dog would catch ’em and we would jump in there, grab ’em, and tie them up. I’m sure that’s where it’s coming from. You’re not really wrestlin’ them…well I guess you are, because if you can’t get around the head, they’ll kill you.”

All details of this story are suspect at this point, but Johnson said yes, he did wrestle hogs — some of them as big as 500 pounds.

Evans said that he is a former high school coach and preached to Johnson that “you have to have an attitude if you’re going to be any good. Either they’re going to get you or you’re going to get them.” Johnson has three step-brothers (he’s the second-youngest out of the group) and the normal boy roughhousing helped toughen him up as well.

Groveton is a  lumber company town and a county seat. You either work for the state, you’re a teacher, you work for the government or you’re a ranger.

“That’s all there is there,” said Evans.

They do have bears, apparently. But they don’t go around wrestling them — not even the 6-6, 300-pounders who look like they can do just that.

Johnson first dropped the story right before the draft, saying he would wrestle the “smaller, more puny black bears” that would tear up the garbage. The story was pretty detailed.

“Adding more taste to the supper, I guess,” he said.


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  • xlGmanlx

    Sense of humor, nothing wrong with that.

    • GEagle

      I like how he handled himself todAy at the press conference and on the radio interview with misanelli

    • borntosuffer

      Agree. Thought it was funny.

  • GEagle

    interesting…chip did value Ertz over Esco and Kelce….I would have preferred to trade back, get a pick and one of those two TE’s….but I trust our FO, so welcome ERTZ!

    • BrickSquadMonopoly

      wow what a bad f’n pick. Our D is so garbage and were concerned with drafting a TE even tho we got celek n casey. Chips goin offense crazy Ive had nothing but confidence in him up until this point now idk what to think. Worst D in the league wait til the 3rd to draft someone, better yet wait til the 4th we could use another wideout…

      • GEagle

        if we were going to draft a TE in round 2′ I needed them to AQUIRE another pick in the process….Short arms, slow 40 time, poor blocking(not sure how much he can improve in that regard)….can’t say I’m happy, but I’m not that pissed either…If it were up to me, I owld have drafted nothing but defense for the next two drafts…I don’t care if we never score a TD again, and every game with FG’s and solid defense…so you are preaching to the choir my friend…I certainly feel you

      • FMWarner

        BPA. This isn’t a one year rebuild.

  • thefadd

    that’s hilarious. we got ourselves one BIG JOHNSON, boys! Lane rocks