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Thursday, July 15, 2010
Early Influence: Andre Johnson

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Before training camps kick off, a number of players and some coaches will pay tribute to people who helped them make it to the NFL as part of the AFC South Blog’s summer series: “Early Influence.”

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Andre Johnson, Texans wide receiver

“I had a [physical education] coach in elementary school, Warren Jabali, and he saw my talent. I was a guy who had good grades, but I stayed in trouble. So he was a person who always, right after I got in trouble, would get me out of the office and pull me aside and give me these long talks.

“I think about that a lot because he didn’t have to do that. I wasn’t his child or anything. But he knew my potential or it was something that he saw in me to keep on me. There is no telling what would have happened if he didn’t do that.

“I’ve had good influences around me, it’s not just on him. My high school football coach, Nigel Dunn at Miami Senior High School was big too.”