Woody surprised Milliner was available at 9

April, 26, 2013
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HOBOKEN, N.J. -- Woody Johnson was about to step into a car to take him to meet new cornerback Dee Milliner at the Jets practice facility, but not before he expressed surprise that the Jets were able to grab him with the ninth overall pick.

"He was a top guy on our board and we’re so happy to have him," Johnson said. "He’s a great football player he comes from a great program in Alabama. We never thought we’d get him, so we were really happy to get him."

Johnson was at a Boys and Girls Club in Hoboken with Giants owner John Mara, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and N.J. governor Chris Christie to announce $1 million donations made by both local NFL franchises to the 2014 Super Bowl Committee’s charitable arm, the Snowflake Foundation. The money will be spent on programs for youth in the local area.

Johnson was also asked whether he planned to have quarterback Tim Tebow on the roster going forward and he said, "We haven’t made that determination yet."

That was of course before his team drafted Geno Smith in the second round.
Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.

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