Former Notre Dame star Patrick Johnson drafted by Eagles

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — From ND to NFL, Chattanooga native Patrick Johnson’s dreams became reality tonight when he answered the life changing call from the Philadelphia Eagles. The former Notre Dame star heads to the City of Brotherly Love as a seventh round pick.

Johnson led the nation with ten sacks last year at Tulane. He even broke the Green Wave’s career sack record, finishing with 24.5 sacks in four years.

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Johnson says he owes so much to his time at Notre Dame — especially to Irish coach Charles Fant — who was there when he heard his name called.

“Man, I started crying. I can’t even lie to you,” Johnson said in an interview exclusively with News 12. “Just the emotions that came out of me, just pure happiness and tears of joy. All of it paid off, all the hard work after all the hard years, and all the stuff I had to go through to get here. It’s truly amazing.”

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Angela joined the News 12 team in November of 2017 as the weekend sports anchor and reporter. Angela is a proud member of an Army family, which means she has hometowns all over the Eastern Seaboard. Most recently, she calls Peachtree City, Georgia, home, where she graduated from Trinity Christian School and spent her free time driving her purple golf cart. She then headed to Milledgeville, Georgia, to attend Georgia College and State University. A proud Bobcat, Angela graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Mass Communication and represented her December 2016 class as one of three valedictorians. Angela comes to the Scenic City from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where she worked at the NBC affiliate, WMBF News. Before the big move, she worked as Georgia College's Sports Information Assistant, which let her get paid to be the Bobcats' biggest fan. It all started in Savannah, Georgia, though, where she interned for SAV's number one station, WTOC. When she's not working, you can find Angela watching the New York Giants, Rangers or basically any other game that's on. She also loves traveling, hiking and exploring new places, all with her camera in hand. If you have any story ideas, big or small, feel free to reach out to her on Facebook and Twitter, or email her at amoryan@wdef.com."