ChicagoBears.com continues its "Pro Bowl Postcards" series with cornerback Jaylon Johnson, who discusses his recent trips to Disney World's Magic Kingdom and Universal Studios as well as NFC practices.
Pro Bowl Postcards: Jaylon Johnson | Saturday, Feb. 3
As told to Gabby Hajduk
It's been a busy couple days since I last checked in, but my family and I are having such a good time here in Orlando.
Both Friday and Saturday started with NFC team practice at Camping World Stadium. It was nice to just be out on the field, move around a bit, talk about the game plan and strategize to win. My family came out to practice both days and it was great to spend some extra time with them.
The coolest part is seeing the personality side of guys you're just used to playing against. It's nice to see them without the helmet on and be out here on the same team just having fun. I'm definitely enjoying the moment, enjoying the scenery and enjoying where I'm at.
After practice on Friday, I went to Disney World's Magic Kingdom with a few of my family members, including my daughter. It was such a good time, just good vibes all around.
Zaveah had the best time. We took her to see all of the princesses and went on a few rides. Her favorite was the Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid ride. At the end of it, she met Ariel and just yelled, "Ariel is real!"
She hung out with Ariel for a bit then got her own princess outfit. It was fun watching her meet all the princesses because she knows all of them. Zaveah had such a long day; she was knocked out when we made it back to the hotel.
We did have to catch one big boy ride for myself before we left so I went on TRON Lightcycle Run. I'm not a fan of the rides that go upside down or have big drops so this one was inside my comfort zone. It was just enough of an adrenaline rush, so it was really cool. I will definitely have to come back and explore more of Disney World.
Saturday evening my whole family and I made the trip to Universal Studios to do a tour of the park. I took Zaveah to Minion Land and we went through the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem attraction before the adults went on the Revenge of the Mummy roller coaster.
We also visited The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to ride the Gringotts roller coaster before ending the tour with the Men in Black: Alien Attack where we had to zap all the aliens during the ride. We made sure to make Zaveah's day with some popcorn and an Iron Man stuffed toy.
Overall going to Disney World and Universal Studios was just a fun time and something different to do. I can't remember the last time I went on a family trip. It felt good that everybody could reap the rewards of the work and the sacrifices over the years in the NFL and throughout my whole life.
I'm blessed to be able to do that for my family and spend this time with them. I'm just enjoying these moments as much as I can.