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Chris Johnson compares himself to LeBron James

Titans' Johnson scores a touchdown against the Bills in Orchard Park Reuters

Titans running back Chris Johnson sees himself when he watches LeBron James.

Johnson told Jim Rome on Rome that he thought of himself while watching James and the Miami Heat win the NBA championship: Last season James, like Johnson, signed a new contract and took a lot of criticism when he fell short of his goals. This season Johnson says he, like James, plans to prove he’s the best in his sport.

“I feel just like LeBron — a lot of people are going to be back on the bandwagon,” Johnson said. “He had a lot of haters out there, a lot of people saying he wasn’t good and things like that and just to see how he overcame that and came back this year and won the championship, it shows his hard work and dedication.”

Johnson just barely topped 1,000 yards last season, but this season he says he wants to top 2,000 yards, as he did in 2009.

“I feel like a lot of people have written me off,” Johnson said. “I still went over 1,000 yards but it wasn’t a CJ2K year. So a lot of people are going to write me off. . . . I want to be the first one to do it twice, that’s certainly a goal of mine to do. . . . I feel like I’m still the best back in the league. When I ran for 2,000 yards my goal was to be the best player in the league and I still want to be that. In order for my team to make it to the playoffs, make it to the Super Bowl, I’m going to have to be the best.”

Even his harshest critics are recognizing James as the best player in the NBA now. Johnson would have to be a whole lot better this year than he was last year for anyone to even consider calling him the best player in the NFL.

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36 Responses to “Chris Johnson compares himself to LeBron James”
  1. sterling7 says: Jun 23, 2012 8:17 AM

    Dillusional!

  2. ravenator says: Jun 23, 2012 8:20 AM

    That would require winning a Super Bowl CJ, and that ain’t happening for the Titans, sorry.

  3. canesfan56 says: Jun 23, 2012 8:23 AM

    He will be broke two years after he leaves the league.

  4. canetic says: Jun 23, 2012 8:23 AM

    There’s no comparison. Lebron didn’t tank it after signing his big contract, he got better.

  5. larrydavid815 says: Jun 23, 2012 8:33 AM

    Barry Sanders never made excuses like this guy

  6. tennesseeoilers says: Jun 23, 2012 8:37 AM

    CJ, some day, hopefully not too long from now, you will discover that neither the world or even the Titans revolve around you. “In order for my team to make it to the Super Bowl, I’m going to have to be the best.” What? Wrongo, tiny one.

    In fact, the Titans now have much more talent on offense and defense than the team that came within 1 yard of a Super Bowl title in 2000. The primary difference? Those AFC Champions didn’t have a single player on the team with anything resembling your self-importance. That team’s leaders (Steve McNair, Eddie George, Frank Wycheck, Bruce Matthews and Blaine Bishop) all led by how they played–not talked. Every single one of them. Hopefully, you’ll wake up to this before your career is over.

  7. farty5 says: Jun 23, 2012 8:39 AM

    Difference is LeBron actually works hard, Johnson… does not.

  8. ch8878 says: Jun 23, 2012 8:41 AM

    Sorry CJ I live in TN but if McFadden can stay healthy in Oakland hes the best in the league hands down once he got hurt last year he was leading the league in rushing and it took someone 2-3 weeks to pass him.

  9. wayne1693 says: Jun 23, 2012 8:43 AM

    I will take the under bet on 1200 yards rushing.

  10. cpubarn says: Jun 23, 2012 8:44 AM

    “Chris Johnson sees himself when he watches Lebron James”

    That is the trouble with most of the athletes today, all they see is themselves. Lebron is the president of the self absorbed club…

  11. truthhurtstoo says: Jun 23, 2012 8:47 AM

    Whow….. wait a minute here. LeBron is a 3 time league MVP and went all the way to the finals last year. Now, he’s a World Champion.

    He has always been considered in the top tier of all time players, period.

    This kid will never be in the same class as LeBron. Maybe he should lower his sights to Melo.

  12. shian11 says: Jun 23, 2012 8:57 AM

    Chris Johnson is already working on his goals. His use of the word “I” so often has him #1 in that category

  13. youarewrongandthisiswhy says: Jun 23, 2012 9:07 AM

    He was the 3rd best back in the Division last year, baby steps Chris.

    CJ2K is on my do not draft list for FF, along with V-Jax and D’Angelo Williams.

  14. cserisey says: Jun 23, 2012 9:45 AM

    Yeah, they both great athletes and unmitigated A-holes as people. In that respect, they are exactly alike, with half of professional athletes in general.

  15. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Jun 23, 2012 9:45 AM

    He’s just like LeBron, except that people have actually heard of LeBron.

  16. horntoady says: Jun 23, 2012 9:50 AM

    I think Johnson’s gold teeth have drained all his brain cells.

  17. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Jun 23, 2012 10:21 AM

    you can compare cam newton, calvin johnson, and jimmy graham to lebron james. chris johnson is more comparable to average dudes with massive contracts like hedu turgollu and raymond felton.

  18. mancave001 says: Jun 23, 2012 10:26 AM

    Two words:

    Shady McCoy.

  19. sparty0n says: Jun 23, 2012 10:36 AM

    So Johnson considers himself a dirtbag traitor that doesnt care about the fans???? Why would he admit to that?

  20. percey12 says: Jun 23, 2012 10:37 AM

    Peterson is by far the best running back of his era. No he doesn’t have the best line or team behind him but he never complains or brags he just works his a– off!

  21. jimbo75025 says: Jun 23, 2012 10:56 AM

    percey12 says:Jun 23, 2012 10:37 AM

    Peterson is by far the best running back of his era. No he doesn’t have the best line or team behind him but he never complains or brags he just works his a– off!
    ———-

    I hope he can come back from his injury. While I am not a Vikes fan, it is hard not to love the way AP plays the game on the field and keeps his mouth shut off the field.

  22. tigershark49 says: Jun 23, 2012 10:59 AM

    Shouldn’t he change his name to CJ1K?

  23. silverbleedblack says: Jun 23, 2012 11:12 AM

    McFadden will lead the league in rushing this year. Dude is one of the most humble players in the game. Go out and prove it. Stop talking yourself up.

  24. radioactivechimp says: Jun 23, 2012 11:33 AM

    I would take Fred Jackson over CJ any day. He’s more consistant and he’s a lot more reliable.

  25. jwreck says: Jun 23, 2012 11:34 AM

    So Johnson considers himself a dirtbag traitor that doesnt care about the fans???? Why would he admit to that?
    ______
    Get over it, bro. The Cleveland Cavaliers have the worst ownership and front office of any professional sports franchise. LeBron played out two contracts for the Cavaliers and gave Dan Gilbert every chance to upgrade the team around him and keep him in Ohio.

    LeBron gave Cleveland seven years of his life, but when it became clear that management refused to put effort into building a competitive team, he left for a team that was actually willing to do what it takes to win. When you think about it, the real dirtbag move would have been to stay in Cleveland and keep putting on their futile one man show for a much fatter paycheck than the one he’s receiving now in Miami.

    Clearly, he handled his departure poorly. He has acknowledged that on numerous occasions and publicly apologized to the fans in Cleveland. It’s not fair to hate a guy forever based on the stupid way he acted at age 25. Everyone conveniently forgets that Kobe Bryant and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar both forced the small market teams that drafted them to trade them. If James was really such a d-bag, he would have left after his first contract expired or demanded to be traded out of Cleveland.

    Point is, get over the LeBron hate. LBJ was Mr. Good Guy for as long as could be humanly expected, but eventually made the same choice anybody else would have made. If the company you work for made it very clear to you that there was no opportunity for advancement within the organization, would you keep wasting your life there, or would you take your talents elsewhere? (South Beach for example)

  26. finalword33 says: Jun 23, 2012 11:41 AM

    He was only great with Vince Young at QB, a moving QB. Even in his 2000K season, he was not great when other QB’s filled in. Check. Same last season. Don’t buy into CJ.

  27. jwreck says: Jun 23, 2012 11:43 AM

    ravenator says: Jun 23, 2012 8:20 AM

    That would require winning a Super Bowl CJ, and that ain’t happening for the Titans, sorry.
    _____
    Maybe not, but there’s always the chance that Forte, Johnson and Rice all take their talents to South Beach.

    Jokes aside, that isn’t quite a fair comparison. Due in part to to the difficulty of franchise building and player acquisition in the NFL compared to the NBA, and in part to the much shorter shelf life of NFL players, it’s much easier to be a great football player who never wins a Super Bowl than a great basketball player who never wins a championship.

  28. prmpft says: Jun 23, 2012 12:12 PM

    Except that he is a loser. Other than that, and the fact that he’s more like Buckwheat than LeBron, I still can’t say I am on board with that comparison.

  29. kenudo says: Jun 23, 2012 12:22 PM

    Difference is Lebron is a complete player who has been doing it for years. CJ is a skinny guy who runs fast but can’t break a tackle who had one good year and has been mediocre otherwise.

  30. whatswiththehate says: Jun 23, 2012 12:53 PM

    Chris, LeBron didn’t fall short of his goals. ESPN simply don’t want to let go the whole LeBron saga because of the emotional reaction they are getting from those who want and need someone to hate.

    LeBron and the Heat made it to the finals last season and missed out of the trophy by one game. That was his first season on that team.

    He spend many years before carrying a team by himself without much help from the management who promised to build a team around him. Folks like Skip Bayless simply want to remain pissed because he said he’s outta here….Hmmmmm.

  31. covercorner says: Jun 23, 2012 2:09 PM

    I begged ESPN Fantasy Football to let me cut this loser from my fantasy football team last season.

  32. dirtybird2020 says: Jun 23, 2012 3:15 PM

    lbj didnt win, refs won! Cant wait till football starts

  33. chazzmon says: Jun 23, 2012 3:45 PM

    I saw a tape that Mark Schlereth put together that should just embarass this guy into returining some of his signing bonus. Matador blocks, standing around, giving up, LAZY, LAZY, LAZY!

  34. johanneschimpo says: Jun 23, 2012 3:49 PM

    Overrated?

  35. jwreck says: Jun 23, 2012 4:03 PM

    youarewrongandthisiswhy says: Jun 23, 2012 9:07 AM

    He was the 3rd best back in the Division last year, baby steps Chris.

    CJ2K is on my do not draft list for FF, along with V-Jax and D’Angelo Williams.
    ___
    covercorner says: Jun 23, 2012 2:09 PM

    I begged ESPN Fantasy Football to let me cut this loser from my fantasy football team last season.
    ___
    radioactivechimp says: Jun 23, 2012 11:33 AM

    I would take Fred Jackson over CJ any day. He’s more consistant and he’s a lot more reliable.
    _____

    I’ve always tried to focus on real football instead of fantasy when commenting on PFT, but Chris Johnson is a very interesting prospect this year, precisely because of the attitude expressed in these comments.

    In the past CJ has been a top 5 Fantasy prospect, but this year, everyone is really down on him because of his obnoxious attitude and his terrible 2011 campaign. Right now, he says he’s in the best shape of his life. Whether you believe him or not, the widespread dislike of Chris Johnson should drop him into the 16-24 range. If he plays like a 16-24 player, no big loss, but if he can return to form and rush for 2000 yards again, that pick is going to win you your league. A combo like Ray Rice with your first pick and 2009 style CJ2k with your second or third would be unstoppable.

    That said, I wouldn’t pass Fred Jackson in round 4 or later, but he is starting to get a little over-the-hill, and is a major injury risk this year. Also, Vincent Jackson is definitely a no-go. The Bucs are probably a team to stay away from this year, fantasy wise. While the team may have some real football potential, fantasy-wise, they’re totally up in the air right now.

  36. 16x8equal49ers says: Jun 25, 2012 10:32 AM

    Well then first things first. Need to buy yourself some LBJ Air Jordan’s.

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