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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Brett Johnson is the comeback kid

By: Jenn Chapman Email
By: Jenn Chapman Email

Brett Johnson is the type of athlete any school would want to have. The quarterback on the football team, a varsity basketball player, and a pitcher on the mound. But it's his story of perseverance that has impressed the Cricket community.

Brett suffered an ACL tear in 8th grade football, surgery was delayed til his sophomore year. Then this past summer in basketball it was De-ja-vu.

"When it happened again, I just couldn't believe it. I was like, there's no way this is happening again to me," said Brett. "And so many thoughts were going through my mind, especially going into my senior year."

The captain of the football team would miss his senior season but was determined to make it back in time for basketball. Brett stepped foot on the court for senior night.

"Guys really wanted to get me the ball to start with. They go 'Brett you're going to hit this shot in the corner.' And I was taking shots in warm ups and it happened to be in the same spot and I ended up hitting the first three points in the game," Brett recalls. "And it was definitely an amazing feeling and I'll never forget that."

"It meant a lot to us, getting to see him play and be triumphant in that way," says teammate Will Tweed. "And it also meant a lot to the community. We pretty much had a standing ovation when he made his three pointer that game."

A three-sport leader that is truly leading by example.

"He's one of our role models," adds teammate Dan Kuhnert. "Just showing never give up. Even in the worst situations, he just comes back."

"Lot of times lessons are learned not just coaches to players but in this case as a parent and a coach," says Fall Creek baseball coach and Brett's father, Mike Johnson. "He taught me a lot about perseverance and positive attitude and here he is back playing again."

Thanks to these bumps in the road, Brett has found his way down his future path.

"(I'm) going to school for physical therapy because I want to give back to the athletes that are kind of like me, I want to get them back to sports," says Brett.


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