Eagles Def. Coach Jim Johnson Dies From Cancer

Sad news out of Bethlehem, PA: Jim Johnson, one of the NFL’s greatest defensive coaches and by all accounts a classy, approachable gentleman in a sport that needs more of them, passed away today after a battle with cancer. Eagles Nation is justifiably bummed right now, as are we all.

Jim Johnson

Johnson, diagnosed with melanoma, had taken a leave of absence recently, and Sean McDermott was named as Defensive Coordinator. He was diagnosed six months ago, but it was thought that Johnson could rally, and his death comes as somewhat of a surprise. Read more…

Eagles DC Johnson Takes Leave To Fight Cancer

In a huge blow to the Philadelphia Eagles both on and off the field, the team announced today that defensive coordinator Jim Johnson will be taking a leave of absence as he undergoes treatment for a cancerous tumor on his spine. Johnson has been the Eagles’ DC since 1999 and has been a huge part of the team’s success over the past decade.

Jim Johnson and Andy Reid

(Shockingly, the guy on the right is the one who’s sick)

Nobody would’ve minded if the 68-year-old Johnson decided to retire when he learned his cancer had returned, but that’s not who he is. Johnson was in such pain that he could barely walk during the Eagles’ run to the NFC Championship game last season, but he forged ahead without complaint. And just in the last couple of weeks Johnson was at the team’s minicamp on a motorized scooter.

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