By John DeShazier
New Orleans Saints
Johnathan Abram officially didn’t become a New Orleans Saint until Wednesday, but the five-year veteran long ago was somewhat of an in-game participant for New Orleans.
The Columbia, Miss., native attended a game as a youngster and came away with a piece of football gold.
“One of my favorite memories is I came to a game, I saw Aaron Brooks throw a touchdown to Joe Horn and I actually got the ball from that,” Abram said.
“We were there pretty early, got to see the warmups and kind of how things worked out. I remember screaming at Joe Horn, like, ‘I want a ball! I want a ball! I want a ball!’ And he scored, and he jumped up and just gave it to me.”
Maybe, the safety will have the opportunity to repay the kindness if he’s able to score on a pick-six for the Saints, with whom he agreed to terms on a contract as an unrestricted free agent.
Abram, a first-round pick (No. 27 overall) of the Oakland Raiders in 2019 NFL Draft, spent most of his first four seasons in Oakland and Las Vegas. Thirty-four of his 36 career starts came with the franchise, before he was released during the 2022 season and finished out the year with Green Bay and Seattle.
He has totaled three interceptions, 14 passes defensed, two fumble recoveries, eight tackles for loss, nine quarterback hits and 267 tackles in his career.