Johnson went on to enjoy a successful career with the Bengals, starting on the defensive line. He played during an era in the NFL when the league was really starting to grow and Monday Night Football was introduced to television viewers.
Johnson injured his knee in a game against the Miami Dolphins and things started to nose dive for him once again. He was then challenged by a teammate to give his life to Christ.
Johnson ended his speech, sharing a life altering spiritual experience with the Anderson High School students. He told the young adults, how he was driving his van headed down Locust Street, when he decided to try to outrun a train.
On the railroad tracks, Johnson’s van stalled and he was trapped on the tracks. Remarkably, he survived the accident that dragged his van about a 100 yards and left it totaled. This incident completely changed Johnson’s life as he only had to receive seven stitches and had some glass in his hair.
“This was a wake up call,” Johnson said. “It taught me life has real purpose given the ability to choose.”