Lonnie Johnson has not been in the NFL for long, but he’s already giving back to his community.
Most fans are well aware of Johnson’s difficult background. Before he was a Kentucky cornerback, he attended two junior colleges after surviving in the streets of Gary, Indiana. Even though he got out of Gary, he has not forgotten his roots.
Last week Curtis Walton Jr., a freshman football player at Gary’s Calumet High School, was found unresponsive at the bottom of his school’s pool. Hours later the 14-year old passed away.
Moved by the tragic death, Mark Berman reports Johnson reached out to the family and paid for Walton’s funeral.
#Texans rookie cornerback Lonnie Johnson Jr (@Lonnie30johnson) deeply saddened by the recent drowning of 14-year-old Curtis Walton, a high school football player from his hometown of Gary, Indiana. Lonnie has reached out to the family and paid for the funeral. pic.twitter.com/C10FU0rHWe
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) September 20, 2019
An NFL star living 1,000 miles away, it’s heartwarming to see that Johnson will always care about the community that raised him.