NFL Player, Family Preparing for Worst

By Amanda Fitzpatrick
|  Thursday, Apr 14, 2011  |  Updated 7:24 PM CDT
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Veteran cornerback Chris Johnson lives in North Texas during the off-season. He and his family are planning just in case there isn't an NFL season or  NFL paycheck.

Amanda Fitzpatrick, NBCDFW.com

Veteran cornerback Chris Johnson lives in North Texas during the off-season. He and his family are planning just in case there isn't an NFL season or NFL paycheck.

Football families such as Chris Johnson's are coping with the effects of the NFL lockout.

Chris and Mioshi Johnson, who live in Fort Worth, are both keeping an eye on the developments.

"Everybody is just kind of anxious to see what's going to happen. Is it going to be today? Is it going to kind of linger out until the season?" Mioshi Johnson said.

The Johnsons said they are hoping for the best but are also bracing for the worst -- no season.

Her husband signed a four-year contract deal in the millions in 2009, but he won't get paid next season if the lockout cancels the season.

But Chris Johnson said they are prepared for because of strict budgeting. The family doesn't have to make any changes to its lifestyle, he said.

"We live a simple life," he said.

The Johnsons, who have two sons and a daughter who plan to go to college one day, said they have never been big spenders.

"I wouldn't live my life as a football player because, like they say, the NFL lifespan is maybe three and a half years, four years, and if you live that fast life the first three years -- I mean, you got more to live for, you know?" Johnson said. "So that's why I set my career as a construction worker, you know, or whatever the case may be, because I can handle that after I get through with football."

Johnson was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 2003. He went on to play for the St. Louis Rams before landing a deal with the Oakland Raiders in 2007.

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