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Updated: A&M player found safely

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Unfortunately, there is some concerning news coming out of College Station just days after Texas A&M knocked off top-ranked Alabama in easily the biggest win in the program’s recent history.

Texas A&M police issued a release Wednesday that freshman wide receiver Thomas Johnson has been missing since 5 p.m. Monday evening when he was seen leaving his residence. Johnson is described as a “black male, 18 years of age, 5’11,” 180 lbs., black hair and brown eyes… wearing a black jacket, black shorts and grey shoes.” He has family in the Dallas area and may have been traveling there.

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Below is a statement from Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin:

“All of us are obviously very concerned about the safety and well-being of Thomas Johnson, who has been missing since Monday evening. Authorities are working closely with his family, friends and law enforcement agencies to help locate him. Thomas is a tremendous student-athlete, greatly admired by his fellow teammates and all of us on the coaching staff. If anyone has any current information about him or knows of his whereabouts, please contact his family or law enforcement authorities immediately. We pray for his quick and safe return.”

Johnson, the team’s third-leading receiver, has 30 catches for 339 yards and one touchdown this season. He had three catches for 22 yards against Alabama.

Updated 11/15 @9:15 a.m. ET: Thankfully, there will be no worst-case scenarios in this story. Johnson has been found safely by University police, according to the Dallas Morning News.

“[Johnson's mother] told WFAA-TV she had traveled from Dallas to College Station as authorities searched for her son. Meanwhile, Johnson turned up 180 miles to the north, in Dallas,” the DMN reports. “Hanks says Johnson has not contacted her since his disappearance and that she had no other information.”

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32 Responses to “Updated: A&M player found safely”
  1. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Nov 14, 2012 9:13 PM

    Praying this is just a case of another teenager being irresponsible and forgot to call in… Pray that’s all it is.
    (my son pull that sh!t on us one time and decided to go camping with his buddies for a few days and didn’t tell us)
    To say, as parents, that we were upset is an understatement, but we were so relieved that we didn’t care, let’s just say he would never do that again.

  2. suprmous says: Nov 14, 2012 9:36 PM

    Holy Crap, this’ awful. Hopefully he’s just taking off time to gather his thoughts together and to get over some things. Gawd, I hope nothing bad has happened to him.

  3. stc1993 says: Nov 14, 2012 10:08 PM

    I hope a Bama fan didn’t have anything to do with it.

  4. goodfieldnohit says: Nov 14, 2012 10:09 PM

    dude, not cool. As an Aggie, I’m praying he’s got girlfriend problems.

  5. southernpatriots says: Nov 14, 2012 10:13 PM

    We join with Coach Sumlin and pray for his quick and safe return.

    Lord, protect Thomas whereever he is and bring him safely back. May it be something simple and innocent such as the good posters have stated on this blog.

  6. coolhorn46 says: Nov 14, 2012 10:18 PM

    Very troubling news…here’s hoping Johnson is safe, wherever his is. Disappearances like this are not without reasons, good and bad.

  7. allen227 says: Nov 14, 2012 10:44 PM

    With that badass military they have on their campus they should be able to find him.

  8. inconsonance says: Nov 14, 2012 11:26 PM

    Instead of praying, perhaps people ought to actually do something constructive to assist in finding the kid. Talking to your imaginary sky fairy is the next best thing to doing nothing at all.

  9. tigersgeaux says: Nov 15, 2012 12:10 AM

    incomprehensible inconsonance:

    We are praying, following the lead of his coach, Coach Kevin Sumlin. If I was anywhere close, I would join the search. If they need any help from about 500 miles away, I will be glad to provide it.

    Why don’t you respect what Coach Sumlin said he was doing and respect the missing young man and those who have posted this sentiment.

    You can be an atheist or other such without being obnoxious and offensive. I am sure they would welcome your help there as we will welcome your help to provide dental care and medical care for the rural folks in VA and WVA this Christmas.

  10. ducknichols50 says: Nov 15, 2012 12:14 AM

    well sky fairy boy what exactly are you doing? you looking and searching? or, are you sitting there on your security blanket passing out insults to people of faith? what if He really is an imaginary sky fairy…….are those people living bad lives? they are offering up prayers and you are offering up insults. so, actually offering up stupid comments like yours is the next best thing to doing nothing at all.

  11. ducknichols50 says: Nov 15, 2012 12:18 AM

    piss on your care for folks here in rural WV. know what you are saying when you say imbecilic remarks.

  12. annieball62 says: Nov 15, 2012 12:47 AM

    me think somthing fishy here..

  13. kozbee says: Nov 15, 2012 2:01 AM

    Pray that he is safe and just hanging with a friend.

  14. kappy32 says: Nov 15, 2012 2:03 AM

    Wow man, this has to be a scary time for his family & friends. I really hope he is found safe & just needed some time away to be alone. I’ll be saying a prayer for his safe return.

  15. latchbeam says: Nov 15, 2012 2:54 AM

    Positive thoughts and prayers for him… I hope he just took a few days off and will just show up tomorrow! The outpouring of support from his team, school, friends and fans is pretty amazing. He seems to be well-liked and a good kid.

  16. deeboy says: Nov 15, 2012 7:35 AM

    ESPN reporting that they found him and he’s fine. Thank goodness.

  17. florida727 says: Nov 15, 2012 8:36 AM

    If what “deeboy” says is accurate, then praise the Lord for his safe return. I know this is/has been no laughing matter, but it did remind me of a similar situation that (fortunately) did turn out to be funny.

    I good friend of mine used to send all of his military paychecks home. When he got out of the service, his goal was to buy himself a nice motorcycle. He did. One day his mom asked to pick up a couple of items at the grocery store, so he jumped on his motorcycle and went to get them. On the way he met some of his friends and went with them, right then and there, to California for over a week (he lived in Chicago). This was back in pre-cell phone days. When he returned, just as a joke, he stopped at the grocery store and got what his mom had asked for. He walked in the house and put the bag on the table. Without looking up, his mom simply said, “long line, huh?”

    We can only hope there’s some kind of funny explanation to Johnson’s having been missing. Again, not trying to make light of it, just glad he’s safe as “deeboy” reports. I’m sure his family, coaches and teammates are relieved beyond words.

  18. southernpatriots says: Nov 15, 2012 8:50 AM

    florida727: I join with you in hoping the reports of Thomas being found are accurate. Funny story you related. The mom’s comment especially!

    I haven’t heard any report over our local news yet which did report on the original story and the great effort of the A&M football team, staff, and fans, as well as law enforcement to try to locate Thomas. Later today some news people are coming to report on the continuing efforts to bring restoration and renovation after Isaac, and I will ask them if they had heard anything.

    Thanks to “deeboy”s for his posting. We’ll try to find additonal info which may give some explanation. JT & Ben may learn that before we will and I am sure they will post it.

  19. southernpatriots says: Nov 15, 2012 8:53 AM

    This is what we have learned to this moment:

    “COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M freshman wide receiver Thomas Johnson has been found safe in Dallas after being missing from campus since Monday.

    His mother, Linda Hanks, says A&M University police called her early Thursday to say the 18-year-old has been found unharmed.”

    No further info yet, but we will keep checking.

  20. southernpatriots says: Nov 15, 2012 8:56 AM

    Texas A&M Police have scheduled a news conference to provide information and answer questions later this morning. It appears good news, though I am sure an explanation is forthcoming from the Police, if not the family.

  21. kozbee says: Nov 15, 2012 10:01 AM

    What no TV broadcasts or radios in Dallas that the young man could of seen or heard.OK which one of you Bama fans finally untied him ?

  22. latchbeam says: Nov 15, 2012 10:02 AM

    Wow!! That is awesome!! So happy for his family and friends!!!

  23. latchbeam says: Nov 15, 2012 10:02 AM

    … and of course happy for him too!!

  24. thraiderskin says: Nov 15, 2012 10:34 AM

    Well that is great news(that he is safe)… I’m very happy for his family, friends and fans.

  25. southernpatriots says: Nov 15, 2012 10:45 AM

    Apparently, his mother does not know any further information at this time, but the A&M Police are supposed to have a press conference within an hour or so and reveal details.

    Good news, very good news.

  26. imaduffer says: Nov 15, 2012 2:35 PM

    @southernpatriots,

    Do you do the weather ?

  27. microbrewuga says: Nov 15, 2012 5:04 PM

    inconsonance is the fetus in the womb that said, “They are going to cut off my feeding tube and I’ll take nourishment through my thumb hole soon? Yeah, right.” He won’t believe in anything he doesn’t understand. That’s why I don’t believe in electricity.

  28. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 15, 2012 9:09 PM

    imaduffer LOL

    Careful, the fan club will be out in full force demanding you be banned for that outrageous personal attack. ha ha

  29. tigersgeaux says: Nov 16, 2012 6:52 AM

    Thomas Johnson’s mother, Linda Hanks:

    “If I could transfer some of the faith I have in God to Thomas — to let him know how much I love him, and others are so supportive of him and love him, too,” Hanks said, according to WFAA.com. “I’m asking God to do that right now, to touch him in a special way.

    Thomas has been building over the years a relationship with Christ. It’s really gotten strong in the last couple of months. So, I know God is in this. And if he’s in it, it’s going to be OK. But that doesn’t stop me from crying, and it doesn’t stop me from wondering, and it doesn’t help me sleep.”

    Texas A&M Coach Kevin Sumerlin:

    “All of us are obviously very concerned about the safety and well-being of Thomas Johnson, who has been missing since Monday evening,” Sumlin said in the statement. “Authorities are working closely with his family, friends and law enforcement agencies to help locate him. Thomas is a tremendous student-athlete, greatly admired by his fellow teammates and all of us on the coaching staff. If anyone has any current information about him or knows of his whereabouts, please contact his family or law enforcement authorities immediately. We pray for his quick and safe return.”

    Texas A&M Coach Kevin Sumerlin (on the recovery of Thomas Johnson):

    “We are pleased and relieved to find T.J.,” Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin said in a statement. “Our foremost concern is for the health and well-being of T.J. I would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers and efforts in locating him.”

  30. thebigtim2012 says: Nov 16, 2012 4:22 PM

    To the douche with the sky fairy comment. You are a douce

  31. tigersgeaux says: Nov 22, 2012 5:33 AM

    ducknichols50 says:Nov 15, 2012 12:18 AM

    piss on your care for folks here in rural WV. know what you are saying when you say imbecilic remarks.

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    @ducknichols50–

    You are the imbecil and bigot. Rather than waste your urine on 785 plus volunteers, read the article idiot, you need to go by a county health units and give them a sample. You are either on meth or crack or need some lithium. The urine test will help. While there, donate some blood so they can test that as well. You are not well, and need medical care.

    http://www.newsandsentinel.com/page/content.detail/id/506812/Local-dentists-provide-free-dental-care-clinic.html?nav=5056

    An exerpt:

    “…A total of 785 volunteers gave their time for the event, Leslie said, including 75 dentists, 45 hygienists, 70 dental assistants and 38 dental students.

    Over the two-day period, about 1,153 patients went through the clinic where they received extractions, fillings and cleanings at no charge…”

    The team I was with and myself were among the 785 volunteers in this particular effort. Volunteers are assisting with other efforts others almost identical. Volunteers are always welcome and needed. Contact your local health clinic to volunteer.

    I will be traveling to Appalachia to help again with doctors and dentists this Christmas season. Volunteers from Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and other states will be on hand to assist. We will be stopping in Auburn, AL, Atlanta, Knoxville, and other cities to pick up supplies and volunteers.

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving All!

  32. tigersgeaux says: Nov 22, 2012 5:45 AM

    Here is another group southernpatriots and our teams work with:

    http://ramusa.org/projects/ruralamerica.htm

    As always, more volunteers and donations are needed, please communicate with ramusa.org directly. Thank you.

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