Former Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson will be inducted into the inaugural class of his high school's athletic hall of fame and also has been named the school's football coach.
Johnson was introduced as the new coach at Rodriguez High in Fairfield, Calif. He is the 11th coach in school history and replaced Stephen Meyers, who was 9-19 in three seasons.
Johnson, who also starred on the basketball team at Rodriguez, is a 2004 graduate.
Johnson, 33, grew up in San Francisco, moved to Fairfield and then played junior college football in Hayward, Calif., before going to the University of Kentucky. He was a seventh-round draft pick of the Bills in 2008.
He finished his NFL career in California, playing the 2014 season with the San Francisco 49ers and then his final season with the San Diego Chargers.
The hall induction ceremony is May 3.
Johnson's influence as a mentor impacted the University at Buffalo football team last season. He visited campus in September and remained in contact with a group of players, most notably the wide receivers.
“It’s important to me to touch as many lives within this sports world as I can, but what would it mean if I didn’t do it for the community that I once roamed?” Johnson told The News in October. “I feel like with some of the things I’ve done throughout my football career allows me to be beneficial to other athletes coming up in the game.”
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