BRAWLEY — Former Los Angeles Rams linebacker Frank Johnson was the motivational guest speaker at the learning center at Brawley Union High School on Thursday.
Johnson has been in Imperial Valley schools this week motivating students to finish their education and attend college.
Johnson shared his experiences as a child growing up with a learning disability in a poor neighborhood in San Francisco.
As the first person in his family to go to college, he used football as a "vehicle" to a better life, although Johnson warned the students not to depend on their athletic skills as their only "way out."
"Sometimes you become a superstar," Johnson said of depending on athletics as a career. "Next thing you know, you've become a falling star."
He issued strict warnings to the students about what the result of not preparing for the future would be.
"In the real world they're going to expect you to produce. If you don't, you won't have a job," he said. "The bottom line is you have to be able to compete with everybody."