Sadly, our latest dive into the FCS ranks is decidedly tinged with tragedy.
Alabama A&M confirmed in a release that rising junior defensive back Danny Johnson was killed in a two-vehicle accident Thursday morning. Al.com wrote that the 20-year-old Johnson “was killed when the 2011 Kia he was a passenger in collided head-on with a 1999 Dodge pickup truck in Jackson County.”
According to Alabama State Troopers, Johnson was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident. An investigation into the crash is ongoing.
“This is a tragic loss for the Alabama A&M University family,” a statement from athletic director Bryan Hicks began. “Danny was a fine young man, a hard worker on the field and off.
“Our condolences go out to the Johnson family.”
“It is with great sadness that we share the tragic news of Danny’s passing,” head coach James Spady said in his statement. “He and his brother Devon were two of our first signees.
“Danny was an important member of our football family and a fine student. We ask everyone to join us in prayer for his family and keep them in your thoughts in this time of sadness.”
Johnson was a two-year starter for the Bulldogs. In 2015, he was tied for second on the team in tackles (37) and pass breakups (four), and a solo second in solo tackles (30). The school’s release on his death notes that Johnson “blocked a point-after try which proved to be the margin of victory in Alabama A&M’s 37-36 win over Alabama State in the Magic City Classic.”
Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to all of those affected by Johnson’s all-too-soon passing.