Former Kentucky defensive back Lonnie Johnson Jr. continues to make a difference both on and off the football field.
Last week, Johnson reached out to Andrew, a five-year-old boy in the hospital currently fighting stage three Burkett Lymphoma, and invited him to a Houston Texans game this season.
“What’s up Andrew? This is Lonnie Johnson with the Houston Texans,” he said in a video on Twitter. “I heard you’re a big football fan, and I’m a big fan of yours. I just want you to know that I’m rooting for you. I hope you go finish up treatment so we can get you to a Houston Texans game. I appreciate you.”
Five-year old Andrew is in the hospital for a final round of chemotherapy in his battle against stage 3 Burkett Lymphoma. We sent him this message of encouragement from @Lonnie30johnson of the @HoustonTexans. Check back tonight to see his reaction to the video! #AthletesDoingGood pic.twitter.com/9TQGLJtusk
— Capture Sports Marketing (@CaptureMktg) June 25, 2020
“Yay! Oh my God!” Andrew said with a big smile. “Thank you Lonnie Johnson!”
More life ??Andrew Congratulations bro can’t wait to see you at a game this year pic.twitter.com/ixwdqRykoH
— Lonnie Johnson jr. (@Lonnie30johnson) June 24, 2020
This isn’t the first time Johnson has reached out to help a family in need.
Back in September, the Texans defensive back was named the NFL Players Association Community MVP following an incredible act of kindness back in his hometown of Gary, Indiana.
At the time, Johnson announced he would be paying for the funeral services of a 14-year-old football player, Curtis Walton Jr., who drowned in his school’s swimming pool in Gary back on September 11.
After hearing about Walton’s death via social media, Johnson reached out to his family, got in contact with his mother, and offered to pay for the child’s funeral services.
“She’s very strong,” Johnson said following the incident during a media session in Houston. “I can hear it in her voice. I know how a parent is when they lose a child. She’s very thankful.”
Johnson said that after experiencing similar adversities in the Gary area, specifically when he lost a close friend in a shooting at 15-years old, he wanted to give back to the community now that he has the platform and resources to do so.
“I dealt with the pain before, so I know what it’s like to lose somebody close to you,” Johnson said. “I just wanted to help out. I’ve got that platform, so I can do that now.”
In two years at Kentucky, the former Wildcat racked up 64 total tackles (52 solo), nine pass deflections, three tackles for loss, one sack, one forced fumble, and one interception. After being selected No. 54 overall in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft, Johnson picked up 40 tackles (30 solo) and seven pass deflections as a rookie.