Before Browns breakout, D’Ernest Johnson was sliding into DMs, begging for AAF tryout


Before his triumph Thursday night, Browns overnight sensation D’Ernest Johnson was sliding into Instagram DMs, begging to play in the Alliance of American Football, a short-lived startup league that lasted all of two months. Coming out of USF, where he played sparingly as a backup to starter Marlon Mack, Johnson was not a particularly sought-after prospect, drawing scant interest from teams before going undrafted in 2018.

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