D’Andre Johnson was expected to be a future piece for the Florida State Seminoles, but his life changed drastically in the blink of an eye.
Video footage surfaced of Johnson punching a girl in the face at a bar during a fight, and he went from being one of the nation’s top college football recruits to wondering if he’d ever get another chance to play the game he loves.
It was a sobering moment for him and a moment that has become all too prevalent.
According to a report from ESPN.com, Johnson has enrolled at East Mississippi Community College. He expects to play for them this season, and hopes to resurrect his career and prove that he is a changed man off-the-field while still being a legitimate star quarterback.
It just shows how fast one moment can change a persons life, and why athletes in particular cannot afford to make those mistakes. Johnson went from having a full ride scholarship at one of the best college football schools in the nation, to enrolling at a community college. His career may never recover, although plenty of players have found ways to bounce back from off-the-field issues in the past.
One thing that he does have going for him at East Mississippi C.C. is the fact that they are the best junior college program in the nation. They are hoping to come away from the upcoming season with a third straight National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) title.
Johnson can play a big part in their run for that title, and it could be exactly what he needs to get a second chance.
That being said, he has to work on his attitude and has to prove that he learned from the mistake that he made. He may never get a chance to play for a school as big as Florida State, but being humbled and playing for a community college will be good for him.
Whether he ever gets to play at a high level of competitive football again or not, the number one thing that needs to happen from all of this is that he improves as a man and a person.
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