Jessica has fallen hard and fast for new BF Eric Johnson, but his former classmates say he’s a great guy and that she’s “struck the jackpot!”
Jessica Simpson seems completely besotted by her new man, Eric Johnson, but her BFFs shouldn’t worry that she’s moving too fast. In fact, the former NFL player’s former high school classmates tell HollywoodLife.com that Eric is a “great guy” who will only make her happy!
Despite the fact that he’s still legally married (he filed for divorce from Keri, his wife of five years, back in January) the 30-year-old Yale alum is nothing like Jessica’s exes John Mayer or Tony Romo. “I can’t tell you how perfect Eric is!” a former classmate of the Needham, Massachusetts native tells us. “I think she struck the jackpot.”
At Needham High School, Eric was the golden boy. “He had straight A’s. He had a lot of friends. He wasn’t a pretentious jock. His friends were really good kids. He may have partied, but if he did, he kept it on the DL. You’d see him in the halls smiling, saying hi to everyone. There wasn’t a harmful bone in his body. He’s the greatest guy ever, but I wouldn’t pick him to be the guy who would date a celebrity.”
The former classmate says that the fact that Jessica and Eric celebrated her 3oth birthday together July 10 AND took an Italian vacation together so quickly isn’t a bad thing, especially given they share the same values. “He’s a family man. If he’s with Jessica, he’s going to be WITH her.”
A second former high school pal agrees, “He’s a really great person. Handsome, smart, a great athlete. Back in the day he was a catch!”
As it turns out, Jessica is totally Eric’s type – she’s just like his high school girlfriends! “His girlfriends were always very sweet. His most serious [girlfriend] was blond, athletic and an all-around nice person. She played soccer and was really cool. I think you attract what you are, and if he’s still the same person at heart, he’ll only attract the best.”
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