If you are a Bills fan, or anyone around the nation by now, you know that Bills WR Steve Johnson or Stevie as he likes to be called, dropped a game winning pass in overtime against the Steelers. Believe it that there is no one more upset with this than Stevie himself. The guy is pure emotion and talent. Did he mess up? Yes, but for that matter, everyone on the team for the last decade has not had one moment when they messed up a game changing moment.
Now normally I would not right such a personal message as this, but I really feel for the guy. Stevie has been lampooned locally and nationally over one mistake. The fact remains that #13 is having a remarkable break out season going from a virtual unknown fifth receiver of a struggling team to the leading receiving of a team making serious progress despite a losing record. In fact, Steve has accrued the ninth most receving yards (796) so far this season and is in a tie for the second most TDs (9) in the NFL. Not to mention that he's numbers lead all the other receivers, including franchise player Lee Evans, on the Bills. And if his playmaking continues at this level for the rest of his career, Johnson will be heralded as one of the best seventh round picks ever in the NFl, let alone the Bills organization.
Bills fans are quick to enjoy Steve's three TD performance a week ago, not to mention his classic antics of pulling a minuteman in New England and his "Why So Serious" call to Batman & Robin. Surely one mistake does not deserve the animosity of the entire Bills fan base. Steve was quick to admit his fault afterwards, and was beside himself for his error. Surely that in itself is an indicator of his commitment to the team and their fans. The fact remains that bad mistakes happen to anyone at anytime; this city has experienced one too many in the past to be blind to this fact. The fact remains that Stevie has helped and will continue to make this losing season an entertaining one. Indeed, he has already caused a few people to change their opinion of the number 13; from respect from those within the queen city, to fear in the mind of defensive backs across the league.
One play from one guy cannot define an otherwise amazing season that Stevie Johnson has had so far. And he will continue to amaze in the future and hopefully help turn around this organization. The Bills need more Steve Johnsons on their roster to answer the call to greater play and heart for the game. The least that we can do in return is to remember that, forgive and forget, move on, and continue to show the faith and love we have for Stevie.
Go #13 and Go Bills!