Michael Johnson continues his mission outside of football

Michael Johnson continues his mission outside of football (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) -“I want you to make sure you say this isn’t my event. It’s a Cincinnati Police event,” said Bengals veteran defensive end, Michael Johnson.

“it’s the giving season, so the police department is in the giving spirit. This is a perfect opportunity to serve our youth,” said Officer Donald L. Jordan.

The Monday before Christmas, the 10th annual Get the Groceries activity was held. The event is an outreach program formed by the Cincinnati Police Activities League to strengthen and build relationships between police and the youth, and to encourage mindful and healthy eating habits. Deserving families, often from lower income homes, get one free trip to the grocery store.

“It was great. Greatly appreciate. Very thankful for this,” said one of the recipients of the shopping spree, chosen by the officers.

“Just today, there was a grandmother who was taking care of three of her grandchildren. She didn’t get a paycheck last week, so today grocery shopping really helped her be able to put Christmas dinner on the table,” said Officer LaDon Laney.

As we followed Michael around, another officer was watching on. She said, “You see Michael at all of these events, he’s at so many of these”.

Officer Erica Brazile added on a similar sentiment saying, “When you look at people, you try and see who they really are, and today that really showed in him [Michael Johnson].

“I lived with him for the first couple of years in the NFL. On Tuesdays, on off days, when he has more time…he’s in the community,” Bengals veteran linebacker, Vinny Rey said.

“Everything helps, whether it’s monetary, time or your attitude towards others,” Johnson said.

There isn’t a Walter Payton Man of the Year Award for officers, they know it’s their job to serve and protect the communities each and every day.

“This is what we do. We are invested in these communities. I for one, am from these communities,” Officer Jordan said.

But it doesn’t hurt to have a Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award nominee on your side.

“Here’s a guy who uses his platform. What more can you ask for,” added on Officer Jordan.

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