Will Johnson, University of Michigan’s star cornerback, dominates the gridiron every Saturday during football season. When he’s not gearing up for the big game, Will enjoys spending time at restaurants, shops, and places to unwind in the Ann Arbor area.
We recently caught up with Will to explore his favorite places, alongside Sam Webb, host of the hit podcast, Steady Droppin’ Dimes, highlighting all things U-M sports, featuring athletes and special guests.
For the former number-one recruit in Michigan’s 2022 class, these are the places Will likes to visit on his days away from the field.
This state-of-the-art golf simulator is one of the area’s leading entertainment venues. With features designed for every element of the game of golf and tailored to have fun, no matter the skill level, X-Golf is a great choice for enjoying a night out with family and friends. For Will, the former five-star standout showcases his ability as a potential two-sports star athlete as he unwinds on the range while reflecting on the good times at one of his favorite venues.
Some of Will’s favorite cuisine can be found at the Slurping Turtle. Will and Sam take a moment to refuel at this downtown Japanese restaurant, serving up delicious homemade ramen noodles and fresh sushi for family and friends to enjoy.
Regarded by Will as one of Ann Arbor’s coolest spots to hang out, the Blue Leprechaun is a local favorite to watch the cornerback pick up his next interception. This Irish pub offers a savory menu of mouthwatering foods like its Blue Leprechaun Hat Trick, a corn-beef sandwich served with a pickle, and Michigan-made Kettle Chips.
While participating in a Christmas toy drive, the football standout enjoys his time in the Ann Arbor downtown scene and highlights the importance of giving back to the community.
During a visit to this popular Ann Arbor store, Will puts his team's pride at the forefront, showcasing his own apparel. The M-Den offers quality sports apparel highlighting some of college football’s best athletes. The clothing store prepares fans to root for their favorite team on game day and celebrate every touchdown. From players buying equipment, to fans looking for top-notch accessories, the M-Den has everything a sports fanatic could ever want.
The defensive standout knows if you look good, you play good, and few places prepare you for gameday fashion like Puffer Reds in Ypsilanti. This streetwear store provides brands like Jordan, Nike, and Adidas to dominate the world of style. With a carefully crafted arsenal of luxury brands to boost your closet, Puffer Reds is a one-stop clothing express. For Will, his venture into this store highlighted the area's unique shopping experience.
See how this teammate's value extends beyond game day, being an asset to the team on the field, and community captain off the field. According to Will, "Whether you’re a student, a visitor, or a local, there’s always something new to discover here.”
We would like to provide a special thanks to Golden Limousine, who provided Will and Sam with transportation around the Ann Arbor area and to the businesses listed above.
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