Mike Johnson was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida, where he attended Pine Forest High School. After four years as a member of the Varsity football team, he was selected as an All-State offensive linemen before accepting a scholarship to play football for the University of Alabama. There, he spent 3 years under Nick Saban and was named a consensus All-American for the 2009 SEC and BCS National Championship team that finished 14-0. Along the way, he was voted a permanent captain by his teammates and helped pave the way for Alabama’s first Heisman Trophy winner, Mark Ingram.
In 2010, Mike was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the 3rd round of the NFL Draft. His career with the Falcons featured numerous highlights, including catching a touchdown pass from Matt Ryan in the New Orleans Superdome. After three season-ending injuries, Mike decided to retire from the NFL in 2015 and pursue a career in Sports Broadcasting.
Mike’s broadcasting career has included a wide variety of platforms. He began contributing to various radio stations throughout the Southeast including 680 The Fan (Atlanta), JOX 945 FM (Birmingham), as well as Tide 102.9 in Tuscaloosa. After quickly gaining respect from fans and sports media alike, he accepted a job hosting and producing digital content for Cox Media Group’s SECCountry.com.
After 18 months with Cox Media, Mike is excited to accept the new challenge of hosting his own show, “Open Mike”, for Backroads Sports Network. Although College Football is his main area of expertise, his show will feature many different sports, including NASCAR, MLB, NFL and MLS.
Mike and his fiancé, Lindsey, have settled in Atlanta, Georgia, where they will be married in the Spring of 2019.