Area Scout, Charlotte, North Carolina
John Downing hails from Toledo, Ohio where he was a member of powerhouse Toledo Central Catholic High School as a TE/DL. He attended UNC-Charlotte to obtain his Bachelor of Arts in Communications, with a focus on Mass Media.
After obtaining his degree, he was briefly a part of the Johnson C Smith University Football Program, before leaving to pursue opportunities to play professional football, starting in camp with the Carolina Speed, a member of the American Indoor Football Association.
After a brief departure from football, due to some injuries, he participated in the 2014 NFL Regional Combine in Atlanta.
Despite going unselected in the 2014 NFL Draft, he had workouts with the Calgary Stampeders and Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.
In order to obtain more film, he joined the semi-pro Charlotte Colts, fresh off of their 2015 National Championship victory and played through an injury riddled 2015 fall campaign, earning the title of Central Carolina Football League champion and returning to South Florida as the Colts made it to a back to back national championship.
He also now serves as Marketing and Sponsorship Director for the Colts, as the back injury sustained in 2015 proved to be career ending.