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It’s a Miracle Stephen Johnson Played Through this many Injuries


At the conclusion of Stephen Johnson’s career, the Kentucky quarterback joined KSR and revealed that he needed surgeries on both shoulders and his left knee to mend his broken body.  He played through pain, but more than we could have ever expected.

Johnson told Fletcher Page the surgery on his left knee was to repair a torn MCL, PCL and partially torn hamstring.  He suffered those injuries against Tennessee — two years ago.

Johnson played 15 games without two ligaments in his left knee and a jacked up hamstring.  Nine of them were wins, two of them were bowl games and one of them shocked the world.

To play through that kind of pain is remarkable.  What’s even more incredible: he still was willing to sacrifice his broken body so that his team could win.

Stephen Johnson wasn’t the hero Kentucky football deserved.  He was the hero we needed.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

15 responses to “It’s a Miracle Stephen Johnson Played Through this many Injuries”

  1. gobble gobble

    #LEGEND

  2. UKFootballYall

    Love this guy! Hey, maybe he could do some consulting for the basketball team, starting with Jarred Vanderbilt, about what it means to be tough.

    1. kjd

      Please quit judging JV. You have no idea the extent of injuries. JV has playing in the NBA. SJ did not a professional football future to risk.

    2. kjd

      Correction: JV has hope of playing in NBA.
      SJ did not have a…..

  3. Cokely53

    You could tell Johnson wasn’t right all season. Dude was never the most talented player on the field but he always had the biggest heart and this just continues to prove it.

  4. StevieGotLoose

    Not impressed with the coaches for playing him. Seeing how he was hurt and Barker was hurt, I guess if Hoak would have said he was hurt he would have gotten some playing time.

    1. truebluefootballfan

      If you actually watched the games instead of crocheting or whatever it is you do…. you’d noticed that Stephen earned the job by outplaying Barker (who completed about as many passes to defenders as his own receivers during his career at Kentucky). The coaches never forced Johnson to play a single snap. He urgently ran out of that locker room only to lead a game winning drive after watching barker throw a pick on just his third snap. It’s called heart and determination, which he had as much of or more of than any other player to suit up in blue. He knew there was nothing more on the line the. A mediocre at best bowl game. He also knew that he didn’t have a future in football after UK so he wanted to leave it all on the field, give the truly commites fans the wins they deserve, leave an impression of himself as man/legend. Yes legend… Not bc of wins or championships, but bc he set the bar for this team as far as what it means to believe in your dreams, team, players, fans, and the coaches in which you unjustly condemn for letting a man do what he needed to do to walk away feeling like he couldn’t have done anymore. There is a reason everyone doesn’t play football….

    2. sj

      Well said!!

    3. cats646

      They were both better than Hoak.

  5. truebluefootballfan

    All hail Stephen Johnson

  6. My Dixie Wrecked

    Stupes should be fired for making him play with no concern for his health.

    1. cats646

      Yea he held a gun to his head and said get in there right now. Ha

  7. Duuuuuude

    He is a tough guy who knew this was his last chance to play on a large stage. If he nursed his boo boo’s his playing would be over. It shows the character he had to keep playing. When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

  8. sprtphan

    Jared Vanderbilt meet Stephen Johnson.

  9. Kyle50catsfan

    TOUGHEST SOB to dawn Kentucky blue. Anyway he could become a Grad Assistant and rub some of that grit and perseverance off on the next leader of the offense