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Bucs quarterback Brad Johnson
SI: Why are you having such a great season?
Johnson: A lot of reasons. Being prepared and being in a great system. In the final 11 games last season we averaged more than 26 points and really took off as a group. This year we only lost one starter. I'm making the right reads, making good throws, and guys are making plays after the catch.
SI: You and Jon Gruden seem to be a good fit.
Johnson: When he puts in a game plan, it's very sound in protection schemes. He puts me in good situations. I've always been a completion-percentage player who stayed away from sacks, who really just works the system. He likes that.
SI: The knock on you, late in your Redskins days, was that you lacked deep arm strength.
Johnson: It's funny how labels are put on you. I've worked under Brian Billick, Norv Turner and Jon Gruden, all offensive-minded guys, and they've had no problems with my play. I'm happy to be in the top 10 in history in quarterback rating and the top five or so in completion percentage, and I've led three organizations to the playoffs and won a Super Bowl. So the proof is in the pudding. Are you looking for the guy who is running around, making highlights? Or are you looking for a guy who wins year in and year out?
SI: Your first thought as the clock wound down and you knew you were a Super Bowl champion?
Johnson: I've always watched the game at some party, on some couch, eating chips and dip, and never realized that it might be me one day. You talk about it. You think about it. You work for it. But to be that guy saying, "I'm going to Disney World," to stand there with my wife, Nikki, and my son, Max. For at least one moment I was the Number 1 quarterback in the world on the best team in the world. Awesome.
In his first 114 NFL games Colts wideout Marvin Harrison has 706 catches. Of the 24 receivers in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, only one had more than 500 catches in his first 114 games—Lance Alworth, with 501.