A Higher Rise with Jason Johnson
Jason Johnson's Life After BalL
A 2002-2004 Champion
Jason Johnson is known as the all-round, friendly, and suave guy of Rahway. He is a town man, all who walks in this path is blessed to know his character and spirit. Jason has accomplished many things in his youth, but most of all, he's grounded.
Who is Jason Johnson? You are known in your hometown as a great basketball player, but who are you exactly?
Jason Johnson is 100% genuine at all times, but overall very down to earth, very positive and easy to talk to. My passion is being around family comfortable and being around real love effortlessly. The best feeling in the world.
Years have passed since your high school days, but if you could go back, is there anything you would have changed in regards to sports like basketball and other extracurricular activities that you may have been involved in? What would you have done differently?
Honestly, I wouldn’t go back and change anything, cause I wouldn’t be the person I am today if I did. It's God's plan and I never question that. I regret some decisions and choices I made, but I wouldn't change a thing.
Many basketball champs have come out of Rahway, making the dream of becoming pro a reality. For Jason, that dream was too a reality, but unfortunately that dream was cut short. However with Allah, friends and family by his side, moving forward was easy and life-changing.
Sports used to be apart of you, how did basketball become not only a hobby, but a great skill that you advanced on going into high school?
It became a great skill at a very young age after my parents had passed away. Basketball became more than a hobby, when it brought me so much happiness and a positive distraction. It gave me something else to think about besides the things that were going on and what I was going through at that time in my life..
Did you ever think about going pro? If so, why didn't you?
Yes, I wanted to go pro and the reason why I didn’t is because I quit my the basketball team in college, when the coach didn’t play me the entire game. The worst mistake of my life. That’s the decision that kept me away from going pro.
You made history by achieving Most Points In A Career (1,000 point scorers only) in the year 2002-2004, your point average being 1,032. What was that feeling like, making such an achievement? What was your family and friends response to this achievement?
The achievement felt amazing, blessed, and an overwhelming job. Especially with knowing I was less than ten individuals with such a great accomplishment. Overall, I know if my mother was here with me, she’d be proud. Now that I think of it, maybe it’s no words that even could describe at the present time how I felt. Any word will be an understatement.
"Allah Brings The Best Out Of Me."
Through tragedy and hard self-assessment, Jason is still able to push through his days and keep the positivity flowing despite hard days. He shares with readers who kept him afloat amid dark times.
You've been through obstacles and tragedy in your life, but you've made it through all of them. Is there anyone that's been by your side that's gotten you this far?
God- family-friends. In that order. Nothing more, nothing less. Exactly that!
What does self-establishment mean to you? You've made a life outside of the popularity of high school, what does it mean for you?
Being at a point in life, to where your job occupation is consistent. You have what you need to live and be successful in your own world. To where you don't want or need anything from anyone. Life is consistent on all levels and comfortable at all times.
How has your spiritual journey involving God/Allah helped you become a better you?
Allah brings the best out of me, made me see things, I couldn’t or maybe never seen if it wasn’t for my journey with him. Allah keeps me with great morals, values, positive mindset and a blessed heart at all times. My journey is far from over, I’m looking forward to continuing this journey forever.