Gary Klein of the LOS ANGELES TIMES and Ted Miller of ESPN.com update us today on the condition of Stafon Johnson. Johnson and his doctors held at press conference today before the USC-Stanford game, and the news is encourage, to say the least.
Dr. Jason Hamilton said Johnson is making tremendous progress. He no longer requires a breathing or feeding tube and is eating solid foods.
“Anyone looking at him today or heard the story would say it’s miraculous,” Hamilton said. “He’s an athlete. He’s determined. He’s never believed he’s the underdog, and you can see the results.”
Most impressively, Johnson spoke today.
“God has a plan. Run, Stafon. Run.”
USC running back Stafon Johnson whispered those words, which were said to him by his late grandfather, when he met with the media before today’s game against Stanford.
More from Miller:
He’s still physically limited. He can’t run or workout and playing football again is not front-and-center at this point.
But there’s hope that he may fully recover. Asked when Johnson’s activity might not be limited, Dr. Ryan Osborne said, “[in] the very near future.”
Relieved to hear that football is not a focus of his recovery. Kid needs to take all the time he needs, forget about football until he makes as much of a recovery as possible.