On Friday, April 1st, the Green Bay Blizzard took care of business against the Iowa Barnstormers 44-25. Young quarterback Ja’rome Johnson authored his first win as quarterback of the Blizzard. His 200 total yards and 5 touchdowns were good enough to earn him a spot in this week’s player spotlight.
The Washington DC native’s football career started at Eastern High School, where he established himself as a standout dual-threat quarterback. In his four-year career, he threw for over 7000 yards and 69 touchdowns. He added another 3720 yards and 36 touchdowns on the ground. This was good enough to earn him a scholarship at Division 2 UVA-Wise.
His time at UVA-Wise was a bit of a rollercoaster. In his first year, he appeared in 11 games. In split time at quarterback, he would throw for 750 yards and 8 touchdowns but also 7 interceptions. He would tack on 489 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns. His sophomore year saw a significant reduction in playing time tallying 86 yards rushing, 134 passing, and only one touchdown. This led to him making a transfer to Bowie State to finish out his collegiate career.
At Bowie State, playing in Division 2’s CIAA, Ja’rome Johnson would make a name for himself. In his first season as a starter, he would pilot Bowie State to an undefeated record. Throwing for 1,860 yards and 22 touchdowns, with 996 rushing and 12 touchdowns, he would be named the CIAA offensive player of the year. His senior year was just as good, throwing for 2,223 yards and 24 touchdowns, with 454 on the ground and 8 touchdowns. He would lead his team to the CIAA championships in both years, making it to the Division 2 regional finals his senior season.
After going undrafted, he would sign with MLF’s Arkansas Attack. Unfortunately, this would not last long as the league would be forced to cancel its 2023 season before it could ever get started. He then signed a deal with the Green Bay Blizzard of the Indoor football league and has taken over starting responsibilities in his first year. If his second start is any indication, he appears to have found a solid home in the IFL.