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LJ: No, it's not an anger issue. I have a competitive issue. I like to win. Sometimes that gets the best of me, and I become overly competitive and try to control every little thing I can. Sometimes I lose myself in that.
DP: When people thought of you, they used to say, "He might be the best running back in football"—and you don't get that now. Now when people think of Larry Johnson, they're not going to think about football. How much does that bother you?
LJ: It bothers me a great deal. I've done enough negative stuff to [lose] that label of one of the best running backs, but that's something that I've got to fight to try to prove again. When I walk away from this game, or this game is done with me, I don't want to have all my problems or what I've said on websites overshadow what I've done in the National Football League.
DP: Why would a team take a chance on you right now?
LJ: I've still got a lot of tread left on my tires. I'm still going to try to run hard every play, and I'm still going to try to pick up blitzes no matter who they are or where they're coming from.
DP: Is Todd Haley a good coach?
LJ: Yeah. It took somebody like him to come in and really shake things up. We were so comfortable because all the big-name guys had a parking spot in front of the practice facility. Well, when Todd came in, all that was erased. Now there are no superstars, everybody has to earn that.
DP: You are 74 yards behind Priest Holmes on the Chiefs' career rushing list. Did that factor in your being cut?
LJ: I think it did. They had to save the organization from me being at the top of that list. They did the right thing to protect that and have a great guy, Priest Holmes, still be that guy. Hopefully, one day, when I'm 33 or 34 and I've still got a little burn left, they'll let me come back and get those yards.
DP: You would eventually like to go back to Kansas City and end your career there?