The Arizona Cardinals selected standout receiver KeeSean Johnson out of Fresno State. He has a familiar name for fans old enough to remember former New York Jets receiver Keyshawn Johnson.
However, despite the similarities in name and playing the same position, the Cardinals sixth-round pick is not named for the former NFL player.
He is actually named for his father.
“My dad’s name is Sean and they didn’t want to have a junior, but he wanted his name in there somehow, so they named me KeeSean,” he explained in a conference call after he was drafted.
He has met the original Keyshawn, though, and he joked about being named after him. KeeSean said he and his family are friends with Keyshawn now.
The elder Johnson made a name for himself in the league. The Cardinals’ KeeSean now has that opportunity.