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Lonnie Johnson Is Surprised He Made It To Kentucky

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Lonnie Johnson has led a life that he believes we can't understand.  

The junior college transfer is a great athlete who is surprised he's alive. He believes it has everything to do with his hometown of Gary, Indiana. 

"I actually am," says the UK defensive back.  "I've been close to death a couple of times, but it's just God really.  God helped me.  He has a plan for everybody, so I'm here, and I'm trying to set an example for the young guys at home." 

When you go play pickup basketball in Gary, Johnson says there are players who bring their guns. 

When you ask him to figure out how many of his friends are dead because of the violence, his response is scary.

"I really can't count on my fingers how many people. That's sad. When I went home, my last break, the day I got home, four people got killed, the day I got home."

The biggest smile from Johnson was when we talked about the training table at UK.  You can eat as much as you want.  Getting food as a kid growing up wasn't easy. 

"It's lovely.  Yeah yeah, you come in and get the free food and all that and you don't have to pay for it and save your money and all of that.  It's real good. "

Johnson was a great player in junior college because of his athletic skills.  Today he's learning the techniques of how to play defensive back.  His teammates are helping.  He's learned to stretch at night when he's home, and yes, take some food to his apartment so he has something to eat at night. 

His goal, like so many is to make it in the NFL.  He obviously has the physical skills, but there are many who have that who don't make it.  It sounds like his determination equals his athletic gifts. 

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