— C.J. Gardner-Johnson (@CGJXXIII) August 31, 2022
It’s never easy to say goodbye, especially to a player as talented and entertaining as C.J. Gardner-Johnson. The former New Orleans Saints defensive back was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles this week and took time on Twitter to address the situation, releasing a statement that bid farewell to the Saints fans who spent three years cheering him on — and introducing himself to the Eagles faithful who will get to know him in the weeks and months ahead.
Gardner-Johnson said that playing pro football was “the opportunity of a lifetime,” and expressed his appreciation for the Who Dat Nation that supported him and the Saints organization that put him in position to make a name for himself. He also shared some words to his former teammates in New Orleans and the bonds they built together.
Seeing Gardner-Johnson in a different uniform will be unsettling, especially when the Saints visit Philadelphia in Week 17 late this season. If we’ve learned anything about Gardner-Johnson throughout his Saints career, it’s a safe bet to say he’ll have that date circled on his calendar.