Bill Johnston, the Chargers director of Public Relations, is an incredibly decent man. Johnston has courageously and publicly dealt with a family tragedy that the rest of us pray we will never have to face.
In many ways, the Chargers are Johnston’s extended family. The organization has supported him and his family in their time of need and, in turn, Johnston passionately cares about the success of the Chargers. When the Chargers fail and/or are publicly attacked, the pain is real.
According to Mike Jurecki of KGME-AM in Phoenix, the former Chicago Bears first-round draft pick will meet with the San Diego Chargers on Friday to see if he could help them with their recent offensive line woes.
What they might say in some of the politer circles, with pinkie extended from martini, is that Bill Johnston has created quite a manure storm by blowing just a little hot air.
Johnston is public relations chief for the Chargers – has been since 1990 – and I’ve known him for more than 30 years, when he began as a cub flack under the legendary Rick Smith. Although there have been many times when we have been at odds, I can’t say I’ve known many better people.
Disclaimer: I really, really like Bill Johnston. He has been nothing but nice and gracious towards me as a man and as a “member of the Chargers media” (yes, that requires air-quotes). You couldn’t find a more well-liked man at Chargers Park, and I understand why. Nothing said below is meant as criticism towards Bill or his blog post. It is simply the counter-argument from a fan that sometimes represents other fans.