It’s a long road…

John,

Not sure if you have answered this question before, but where does the Talk To Me Johnnie tagline, "It's a long road" come from and what is the meaning?

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The tagline is taken from the theme song for First Blood.  The original Rambo was one of Stallone's greatest works and one of my favorite movie.  He plays a pivotal character for the time when the movie was made.  The loner fighting against the establishment, refusing to conform to societies pressures and generally kicking ass for the 2 hours.  I believe the success of the movie comes from being able to identify with the struggle and perseverance of the character.  Even when he gets cornered in an old mine shaft and hammered by a rocket, he finds a way out.

This character of the disenfranchised anti-hero, John Rambo, is not much different than another great character Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver.  Robert De Niro plays the character of Bickle, a recently returned solider from Vietnam who takes a job as a taxi drive turned vigilante.  This movie is considered to be one of the greatest movies of all.

"Are you talkin' to me? Well, I'm the only one here"

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First Blood is a transitional piece for the time as it starts in the dark movies of the 70's and kicks in the door of the big action movies we have come to love and associate with the 80's.  Think Rambo II, Terminator, another awesome movie Uncommon Valor and the list goes on and on.

It's a long road...

John

John Welbourn is CEO of Power Athlete and creator of Johnnie WOD. He is a 9 year starter in the National Football League and NFL veteran. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft and went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early and retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric in 1998. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL and other professional and Olympic athletes. He travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete and the CrossFit Speciality Seminar: Sports Specific Application. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie or at Power Athlete.

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4 Responses to It’s a long road…

  1. Jeff

    I wanna go home Johnny

  2. Holy crap I barely noticed that was DeNiro at first glance! So skinny! Crazy

  3. Richie

    “Nothing is over! Nothing! You just don’t turn it off!”

  4. Gabe

    “…unless thay’ve been me and been there, and know what the hell their yellin about!”

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