Some things in life aren't fair, but if you're a strong person and adjust to adversity you become the strongest force known to man. Such can be said about Titans rookie running back Stafon Johnson, who suffered his second brutal injury in a year.
During his 2009 season at USC, Trojan standout Johnson was injured in a freak accident in which he dropped a weight bar that crushed his neck and larynx, leaving him in serious, yet stable condition.
An undrafted rookie free agent, Johnson was with the Titans as he battled troubled rookie LaGarrette Blount, whom is most noted for the punch he threw at a Boise St football player in the beginning of last season.
With Johnson and Blount on the team, the Titans were trying to balance out their running back system that features 2,000 yard rusher Chris Johnson and elusive second-year player, Javon Ringer.
The Titans quickly got down and said a prayer for Johnson, who took a hard hit to his right leg on the final play of the third quarter in last night's game vs the Seattle Seahawks (August 14, 2010). Shortly after Johnson hit the ground, he was carted off the field with an air cast on his leg.
The early diagnosis is a dislocated right ankle, and while it might be another set-back, current Seahawks coach and Johnson's former USC coach Pete Carroll believes in him, sending him a late night text saying:
PeteCarroll "@stafon13 keep fighting on staf, no one's as tough or resilient as you. You'll get thru this."
If his college coach knows it, the whole NFL should know it. Johnson, who could barely speak in the beginning of this year, has fought his way back from a freak accident, not being drafted, and now fighting for a roster spot.
There is always light at the end of the tunnel, and those that wait will get what they deserve. Not only does Johnson deserve a roster spot, he deserves respect, love, and well-wishes.
His career will not be ended by this injury, and if there's anything to say about Johnson, it's "watch out." He looked pretty impressive on a 14-yard carry during tonight's game, so if he can come back he'll be stronger, faster, and more determined to cause havoc—not receive it.
Best wishes go out to Stafon Johnson. He may be hurt but he will continue to fight hard and fight on, like a true Tennessee Titan and USC Trojan.