“I didn’t expect it, but he’s out there doing his thing,” Charles said according to the Associated Press. “I can’t get mad at him. It’s just about football, and you’ve just got to be ready.”
Johnson, who was the game's defensive MVP, jokingly tweeted during the game that he enjoyed giving Charles a shot. But the Chiefs may not have felt the same way, as Charles, who rushed for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns this season, suffered a concussion in Kansas City's Wild Card playoff game against the Colts only three weeks ago.
“If you stand back, he’s going to make you look pretty bad, so I had to go out and really give it to him,” said Johnson, who finished with nine tackles. “I would never try to hurt my teammate at all, but compete a little bit.”
Have to give my fellow teammate some friendly fire. LOL! I can't lie, it felt pretty good! #probowl — Derrick Johnson (@superdj56) January 27, 2014