Bengals end Michael Johnson gets college degree from Georgia Tech

CINCINNATI -- Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson didn't pay much attention to the NFL draft last week. He was caught up in his long-awaited graduation.

Johnson got his bachelor's degree in business administration last Saturday at Georgia Tech. It took a lot of offseason studying, but he finally earned his diploma six years after Cincinnati took him in the draft.

Johnson says it meant a lot to get the degree. He was about 10 classes short when he left Georgia Tech, and he took classes at the college during three offseasons to meet the requirements.

He's planning to have the diploma sent to his mother.

Now he's getting reacquainted with the Bengals' defense after spending last season with Tampa Bay.