Okay Okay Okay, at this point in time everyone in the world (or at least Nashville) knows about the injury Stafon Johnson sustained in a weightlifting accident last September at USC.
He dropped a 275lb weight on his neck that crushed his vocal cords, adams apple, and neck muscles. After not being selected in the 2010 NFL draft he was immediately signed to a contract by Tennessee Titan’s coach Jeff Fisher.
As Johnson arrived in Tennessee this past week to officially begin his NFL career, he wasn’t completely alone. Fellow USC Trojan Damian Williams is also a Titan, having been selected in the second round of the draft. While these Titans share a bond in that they played their college ball together, they share a deeper bond.
When Johnson sustained his life-threatening injury last year, Williams was literally a few feet away from him when it happened, according to the Titans website.
Williams was the one who sprinted to the trainer’s office for help. He spent the next few weeks spending time at the hospital with Johnson during his 16-day stay. “It was definitely a learning experience for me,” said Williams. “You definitely can’t take anything for granted. He taught me a lot.”
Both players have work to do in terms of working their way up the depth chart for the Titans this year. At least they will have one familiar face on the field as they compete. Johnson will be competing with Javon Ringer and LeGarrette Blount for the backup job to Chris Johnson. Williams is a good bet to return kicks this year for the Titans, but where he will rank amongst the receivers is up for debate.