With Tennessee clinging to a precarious lead against Air Force on a 2006 night at Neyland Stadium, Inky Johnson's life was forever changed. Though he didn't realize it at the time, his hopes of a career in the NFL were instantly dashed because of a rare injury that left his entire right arm paralyzed.
His ties to the Vols, however, only grew stronger. Johnson provided motivation to a number of his teammates, including Eric Berry, who now wears Johnson's No. 29 for the Kansas City Chiefs. His experience not just during the painful ordeal, but throughout his entire life growing up in a rough section of Atlanta served as inspiration for his autobiography "Inky."
The book, which is co-authored by Jeff Hagood, can be purchased at http://inkyjohnson.com.
on Sunday, July 8, 2011 Andrew Gribble wrote a feature on Johnson and his book. He will also be on the News Sentinel Sports Page radio show on Monday, July 18, at ORNL Credit Union, 4510 Emory Road. Come out to the radio remote where Johnson will signing books from 10 to noon.
In cooperation with Voices Heard Media, we did a Q&A with Johnson. He has answered many of those with video responses. See them below.