LSU Football: Max Johnson doesn’t get the advice you’d expect from his Super Bowl winning dad

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LSU football sophomore quarterback Max Johnson will be the Tigers’ starting quarterback when the season opens on September 4 against UCLA.

Johnson finished the 2020 season as LSU’s starter. And he was in the midst of an intense quarterback battle with redshirt senior Myles Brennan before a broken arm sidelined Brennan for at least two months.

It’s very possible that Johnson would’ve won the battle even if Brennan hadn’t suffered a broken arm.

While Brennan has more experience, Johnson impressed in the final weeks of the 2020 season and during spring practice to the extent that several analysts felt like it was Johnson’s job to lose.

Max Johnson has a Super Bowl-winning dad to lean on for advice

After being named LSU’s starter, Johnson told reporters that wouldn’t be changing his approach now that he’s not in a quarterback battle.

Johnson likely has that approach because he grew up in a football home. His dad is former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Brad Johnson.

The elder Johnson led the Buccaneers to a win in Super XXXVII over the Oakland Raiders.

You might think that Max is receiving a lot of quarterback advice from his dad. Mechanics, strategy, footwork, etc.

That’s actually not the case.

Brad is giving Max some advice — but it has more to do with the off-the-field stuff.

Here’s what Max had to say on Monday (via 247Sports):

"Some of the advice he’s given me is just to give your all, be the best you can be every day, encourage others, just to go be great and be where your feet are, be present in the moment, don’t think about what happened in the past, don’t think ahead. Just focus on the details, focus on the little things and just try to become the best you can be."

This is great advice from Brad to his son. It’s just a dad being a dad. And it’s letting the coaches do the coaching (it kind of reminds me of Archie Manning’s approach with his sons, Peyton, Eli, and Cooper).

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It’s obvious that Max and his dad have a great relationship. And it probably has a lot to do with the fact that Brad doesn’t try to overcoach his son.