A home for football: Former Mesa State star helps form semipro team in Grand Junction

Former Mesa State defensive tackle Ed Johnson, right, directs players in drills during practice at Bookcliff Middle School. Johnson helped form a semipro football team in Grand Junction called the Gladiators, whose first game will be May 22 on the road at the Rocky Mountain Renegades.



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Former Mesa State defensive tackle Ed Johnson, right, directs players in drills during practice at Bookcliff Middle School. Johnson helped form a semipro football team in Grand Junction called the Gladiators, whose first game will be May 22 on the road at the Rocky Mountain Renegades.

Ed Johnson could never find a good excuse to put away his football helmet. That passion drove the former defensive tackle at Mesa State College to start a semipro football team, the Grand…




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