Why Chris Johnson is 'homeless'

December, 30, 2009
12/30/09
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- If you follow Chris Johnson on Twitter (@ChrisJohnson28) you have to know he loves to say how he’s got no home or he’s homeless.

I’ve long been tempted to tweet back: "If you've got time to write, why not hop in a car with a real estate agent?"

But of course he does have a home, and the saying has an alternate meaning.

Training in the Southern California sand during the offseason he came upon a slogan: Go hard or go home. (Interestingly, Chuck Cecil is big on the same cliché.)

Johnson came to label himself as homeless to fit in with the hard work: If he had no home to go to, he had no choice but to go hard.

So there you have it.

The Titans are heading for Seattle. And as Johnson prepares to chase the 75 yards he needs for a new NFL scrimmage record, the 128 rushing yards he needs to become the sixth player to rush for 2,000 yards and the 234 rushing yard he needs to break Eric Dickerson’s single season rushing record, the mystery of how CJ is homeless has been solved.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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