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Lonnie Johnson Pays for Funeral after Tragic Death in his Hometown

Zach Tarrant | Houston Texans

Zach Tarrant | Houston Texans

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.

An NFL star living 1,000 miles away, it’s heartwarming to see that Johnson will always care about the community that raised him.

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Article written by Nick Roush

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

5 Comments for Lonnie Johnson Pays for Funeral after Tragic Death in his Hometown



  1. cats646
    2:24 pm September 20, 2019 Permalink

    Good for you Lonnie!! Keep on doin good brother



  2. 4everUKblue
    4:05 pm September 20, 2019 Permalink

    He caught a lot of flack for a preseason rookie mistake, but this is who he really is. Proud you were a Wildcat Lonnie.



  3. KYjellyRoll
    4:08 pm September 20, 2019 Permalink

    Man that’s touching. Says a lot about a guy



  4. Hal Chidick
    8:17 pm September 20, 2019 Permalink

    Well done Lonnie!!



  5. notFromhere
    11:26 pm September 20, 2019 Permalink

    More important than anything you’ll ever do on a field, Lonnie,is the way you’ve set an example for so many with just this gesture. I pray you have the greatest in your playing career, and am proud you are a Wildcat!