The result was an impressive pro day in May in which he bench pressed 225 pounds 30 times, the most of anyone working out, and also ran an unofficial 4.49-second 40-yard dash.
It was more than enough to impress Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin, who was in attendance along with general manager Kevin Colbert.
"[Tomlin] always said he doesn't care how you got there, he's always looking for players and he could tell I was a talented guy," Johnson said. "I think I fit this organization well with this work ethic they have and this blue-collar mentality they bring and I'm just excited to be there."
Steelers fans as well as Mountaineer fans are certainly excited that he's there, although Pittsburgh's uncharacteristic absence from the playoffs provided Johnson the time to visit with fans on Saturday.
As for the NFL's conference championship games today, Johnson admitted he doesn't follow other teams but did pledge his allegiances to bitter AFC North rival Baltimore as the Ravens play the New England Patriots for a trip to the Super Bowl.
"You always hope the division does well, so I guess that's who I'll have to root for," Johnson said.
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