Saturday, November 24, 2012

Did Nada Surf invent "Johnny Football?"

The mystery of who came up with the phrase "Johnny Football" may have been answered. And no, it had nothing to do with Johnny Manziel. After much research (okay, memory, YouTube search, and checking out, It looks like the origin has been found. 

Clue one: The song "Popular," by Nada Surf.

 "And if you see Johnny football hero in the hall
Tell him he played a great game
Tell him you like his article in the newspaper"

The song was  inspired by actress Gloria Winters' book Penny's Guide to Teen-Age Charm and Popularity. So the "Johnny Football" (or at least "Johnny Football Player") probably originated there, as most of the lyrics come directly from that book.

(Song copyright Nada Surf)