By Bret Strelow for App State Sports. September 15, 2017. BOONE, NC — Before he became an assistant baseball coach at Appalachian State University, Britt Johnson played Division I college football as a long snapper.
Johnson and his wife, Samantha, might let their babies grow up to be linebackers.
The Johnsons put a new twist on gender-reveal announcements Wednesday: Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly shared the news in a Tweeted video, revealing that Samantha and Britt are expecting twin boys.
“What’s up guys,” Kuechly said while being recorded by Britt. “Just got finished with practice. I’m here with the Johnsons, and they wanted to say they have two twin boys on the way. Congratulations!”
Friendly uncertainty over how they planned to share the news led Britt to call a creative audible. They learned the gender(s) on Wednesday morning and, after Britt had permission to stray from an original, more-traditional plan that Samantha apparently had forgotten, drove to the Panthers’ practice facility.
Britt Johnson of @AppBaseball & his wife put a hard-hitting twist on gender reveals by enlisting some NFL help:
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After waiting about 90 minutes for the workout to end, the Johnsons saw Kuechly and asked him if he’d be willing to participate.
“I was honestly just trying to think outside the box, and I’ve never seen anybody do a gender reveal with a professional athlete,” Britt said Thursday. “It’s kind of blown up.
“It’s cool that we did it, but the coolest thing to me is to see that there’s an NFL player out there who is willing to do that kind of thing with the humbleness that he did it. What a great ambassador for the Carolina Panthers and the NFL.”
The video from Johnson’s account began to spread Wednesday evening and Thursday. The original tweet had been liked 1,000 times by Friday morning, and a tweet from the Panthers asking, “Will one be named Luke?” had been liked nearly 1,000 times as of Friday morning. ESPN and other national outlets covered the story.
“I don’t get on Twitter very much, and I had text messages all today at school,” said Samantha, who was busy teaching. “I didn’t really see it until the end of the day, and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, Britt, what did you do?’ It’s been fun and a lot bigger than I thought it would be. I didn’t think it’d be that big, but it’s been good.
“Hopefully we’ll have the boys in some Luke Kuechly jerseys at the end of this.”
Britt is preparing to enter his second season on head coach Kermit Smith‘s staff at Appalachian State. They helped lead Lander University to the Division II World Series two times in a three-year span before relocating to Boone in August 2016.
Britt spent two years as an assistant baseball and football coach at the high school level following his graduation from East Carolina, where he played football for coach Skip Holtz.