When Juwan Johnson walks into the NFL Combine later this month, he'll be playing for more than just himself.
The former Oregon Ducks wide receiver has begun a campaign asking for pledges for each successful bench press rep he completes at the upcoming NFL Combine on February 27.
At the 2020 @NFL Combine I am proud to support @UpliftingAth with my Reps for Rare Diseases Campaign. Donate for each bench press rep I perform and help me raise money and awareness for #RareDiseases. #WeTackleRare #RAREis https://t.co/LFLlruRExe— Juwan Johnson (@juwanplease) February 19, 2020
"As I take a step toward my NFL dream, I’d like to use this opportunity to give back. I have committed my performance at the NFL Combine to support Uplifting Athletes and its mission to inspire the Rare Disease Community with hope through the power of sport."
Uplifting Athletes is a nonprofit organization whose mission statement aspires to "inspire the Rare Disease Community with hope through the power of sport." Their national network of chapters is run by current student-athletes playing football and has made an impact on Jonhson throughout his college career.
I will never forget participating in the Penn State Lift for Life and the way it brought the community together in support of this great cause. During my time as a student-athlete at Penn State and Oregon I realized the platform athletes have to make a difference. It’s very important to me to make the most of that opportunity and turn it into something positive. That is why I hope you will help me make a positive impact on the 30 million Americans affected by rare diseases by supporting my campaign!
Johnson states on the donation page his goal is 14 reps of 225 pounds. The historical average for the bench press for receivers is 15.2 reps of 225 pound, according to SB Nation.
You can donate to his campaign here!
Johnson transferred to the University of Oregon as a graduate transfer for his final season of college eligibility. After a toe injury kept him on the sidelines for weeks to begin the season, he made an impact once he stepped on the field, finishing with 30 receptions, 467 yards and four touchdowns. Three of those touchdowns came in a 56-24 victory over USC in LA Coliseum.