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Junebug who's a pest only to opponents

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There have been some pretty prolific nicknames in sports that have stood the test of time.  Broadway Joe Namath, Mean Joe Greene, and how about William "The Refrigerator" Perry?  But here's something unique about one of the best current nicknames in high school football in the state of Texas.  For Waskom High School's leader: Junebug Johnson, Junebug may be a nickname to the outside world, but to everyone that knows him or about him, Junebug is really not a nickname at all... it's his real name. 

Cade Bailey, Waskom OL says,  "They probably think he's crazy. I mean, a name like JuneBug, they probably think not intimidating, but he sure is."  Head coach Whitney Keeling, "That's what everybody calls him.  That's what everybody knows him by.  If you say Justin Johnson, they all look at you like 'Who are you talking about?'" 

"I think he's pretty famous around these parts," says wide receiver Thomas Ford. "Every time we play a team, they're looking for JuneBug.  Where's JuneBug?"

Popular English poet William Shakespeare once wrote, "What's in a name?"  Well, it may not be as loaded of a question around Waskom High School's football team with an athlete like Junebug Johnson in their colors.  That's because following a disappointing 2012 with an early season injury, the Wildcats dual threat is tearing up east Texas defenses, most recently in a come from behind 64-33 district win over New Diana.  

Junebug Johnson explains how he got the name: "My auntie, when I was born, she gave me the nickname JuneBug because I came out small and I was black like a JuneBug.  Girls like to call me Justin, but I told them, don't call me Justin.  People think it's a weak nickname, but I think it's a great nickname."

Coach Keeling has a player with more than a great name, Johnson has a great game as well. "Anytime that JuneBug touches the ball, he has a chance to go to distance.  You can't tackle him in a booth is what one of our coaches says and it's kind of a funny statement.  He's not big in stature, but he's got a  big heart." 

And that person is one that is respected on and off the field, a player that made 17 year coaching veteran Keeling say he's by far one of the best kids he's ever coached.  "He's as great a person off the field as he is on the field.  He works hard in classes.  He's a leader in the community."

So "what's in a name?"  Not too much that Junebug is concerned about. He lets his play on the field do the talking. 

 

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