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October 15, 2009 | Gary Klein
Stafon Johnson wore a black USC sweatshirt, a red Trojans beanie and, when the subject turned to an eventual return to football, his signature grin. The USC tailback on Wednesday made his first public appearance since suffering a season-ending throat injury in a Sept. 28 weightlifting accident. He did not speak or take questions, but he looked fit and mostly upbeat at a news conference at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Flanked by his mother, Kim Mallory, and the surgeons who operated on him, Johnson listened as the doctors mentioned speech, swallowing and breathing therapy ahead.
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January 18, 2012 | By Gary Klein
USC has settled a lawsuit brought by former running back Stafon Johnson, who was injured in 2009 when a bar carrying 275 pounds fell on his neck in the school's weight room. USC and Johnson released a joint statement Wednesday evening. "The University of Southern California and former student-athlete Stafon Johnson wish to jointly announce that Mr. Johnson has resolved his lawsuit against the university arising out of his September 28, 2009, weight room injury," the statement said.
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September 30, 2009 | Gary Klein
Stafon Johnson's physique and fitness saved his life. The USC running back was able to survive a weightlifting accident because the muscles around his neck helped him keep open a breathing passage, Dr. Gudata Hinika, trauma director at California Hospital Medical Center, said at a news conference today. "Had that been any one of us, meaning me, I would not have survived," Hinika said. "His neck was so solid and so muscular, that actually helped maintain his airway." Johnson was injured Monday during a weightlifting session.
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January 24, 2011 | By Gary Klein
A USC strength and conditioning coach negligently caused a weightlifting bar carrying 275 pounds to fall on the neck of Stafon Johnson, the former Trojans running back alleges in a personal-injury lawsuit filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court. Johnson seeks unspecified damages from USC and Jamie Yanchar, who worked for USC at the time of the incident and was a member of the Seattle Seahawks' staff in 2010. Johnson was injured during an on-campus training session on Sept.
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January 18, 2012 | By Gary Klein
USC has settled a lawsuit brought by former running back Stafon Johnson, who was injured in 2009 when a bar carrying 275 pounds fell on his neck in the school's weight room. USC and Johnson released a joint statement Wednesday evening. "The University of Southern California and former student-athlete Stafon Johnson wish to jointly announce that Mr. Johnson has resolved his lawsuit against the university arising out of his September 28, 2009, weight room injury," the statement said.
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November 26, 2009 | Bill Plaschke
Sometimes, late at night, her faith run ragged from trying to raise a voice from the dead, Kim Mallory sneaks away to listen to her dream. She clicks her son's old laptop to YouTube. She clicks to an old video of her son giving an interview. He is Stafon Johnson, a USC running back, speaking to a television reporter after scoring the first two touchdowns of his career. "He's stuttering, he's searching for the right words," she says. "He sounds just beautiful." Sometimes, late at night, her body weary from trying to mother a miracle, Kim Mallory sneaks away to run for help.
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January 4, 2010 | Staff And Wire Reports
USC tailback Stafon Johnson , who suffered season-ending throat injuries in a September weightlifting accident, has accepted an invitation to participate in the Jan. 30 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. Johnson could have opted to petition the NCAA for an extra year of eligibility, but he has been expected to make himself available for the NFL draft. The Senior Bowl includes a week of practices in front of NFL coaches and scouting personnel. "He's grateful to the Senior Bowl for giving him this chance," USC Coach Pete Carroll said in a statement.
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August 17, 2010 | Wire reports
The Tennessee Titans waived Stafon Johnson , who dislocated his right ankle in a 20-18 exhibition loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday. Johnson, who had surgery Sunday, is a rookie running back whose career at USC was cut short after a weight-room accident last September in which his neck and larynx were crushed. Johnson was dejected but tried to remain positive. "Bouncing back from trials and tribulations, this is just a bump in the road," he said. "God has brought me back this far, and it felt good to be where I'd gotten to. This is minimum compared to what I have been through, really.
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October 16, 2004 | Dan Arritt, Times Staff Writer
They grew to be some of the most anticipated football games of the fall. It didn't matter that Jeremiah Johnson and Stafon Johnson were years from entering high school. When their youth football teams met on a Saturday afternoon, word traveled as fast as they did. The neighborhood still looks forward to watching its latest athletic marvels, only Jeremiah and Stafon, who are not related, now share the same backfield for Los Angeles Dorsey.
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December 13, 2009 | By Gary Klein
USC tailback Stafon Johnson , who suffered season-ending throat injuries in a September weightlifting accident, is expected to announce soon that he will make himself available for the NFL draft, a family source confirmed Saturday. Johnson's intent to turn pro was first reported last week by NFL.com. After the Trojans' first workout in preparation for the Emerald Bowl, Coach Pete Carroll said that he had spoken to Johnson and that the senior "hasn't decided that yet, officially."
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August 17, 2010 | Wire reports
The Tennessee Titans waived Stafon Johnson , who dislocated his right ankle in a 20-18 exhibition loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday. Johnson, who had surgery Sunday, is a rookie running back whose career at USC was cut short after a weight-room accident last September in which his neck and larynx were crushed. Johnson was dejected but tried to remain positive. "Bouncing back from trials and tribulations, this is just a bump in the road," he said. "God has brought me back this far, and it felt good to be where I'd gotten to. This is minimum compared to what I have been through, really.
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August 15, 2010 | Wire reports
Stafon Johnson has a game ball from his NFL debut. He also had his dislocated right ankle repaired, and Tennessee Titans Coach Jeff Fisher isn't ready to say that the running back's season is over. On Sunday, Johnson posted on his Twitter account that he was fresh out of surgery. The former USC running back, whose senior season was ended last September when a barbell crushed his neck and larynx, leaving him to learn how to talk again and trying to play his way into the NFL as an undrafted free agent, had promised before surgery that he would be back better than before.
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January 31, 2010 | Staff And Wire Reports
Cincinnati's Mardy Gilyard had 103 yards receiving and caught a 32-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to help the North race to a 31-13 victory over the South in Saturday's Senior Bowl at Mobile, Ala. Florida quarterback Tim Tebow , meanwhile, had a shaky outing running a pro-style offense against a sturdy defense. Tebow fumbled twice and completed eight of 12 passes for 50 yards in the showcase for senior NFL prospects. His longest completion was 11 yards and he netted four yards in four rushes but was never turned loose as a power runner as he often was with the Gators.
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January 4, 2010 | Staff And Wire Reports
USC tailback Stafon Johnson , who suffered season-ending throat injuries in a September weightlifting accident, has accepted an invitation to participate in the Jan. 30 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. Johnson could have opted to petition the NCAA for an extra year of eligibility, but he has been expected to make himself available for the NFL draft. The Senior Bowl includes a week of practices in front of NFL coaches and scouting personnel. "He's grateful to the Senior Bowl for giving him this chance," USC Coach Pete Carroll said in a statement.
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December 13, 2009 | By Gary Klein
USC tailback Stafon Johnson , who suffered season-ending throat injuries in a September weightlifting accident, is expected to announce soon that he will make himself available for the NFL draft, a family source confirmed Saturday. Johnson's intent to turn pro was first reported last week by NFL.com. After the Trojans' first workout in preparation for the Emerald Bowl, Coach Pete Carroll said that he had spoken to Johnson and that the senior "hasn't decided that yet, officially."
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November 26, 2009 | Bill Plaschke
Sometimes, late at night, her faith run ragged from trying to raise a voice from the dead, Kim Mallory sneaks away to listen to her dream. She clicks her son's old laptop to YouTube. She clicks to an old video of her son giving an interview. He is Stafon Johnson, a USC running back, speaking to a television reporter after scoring the first two touchdowns of his career. "He's stuttering, he's searching for the right words," she says. "He sounds just beautiful." Sometimes, late at night, her body weary from trying to mother a miracle, Kim Mallory sneaks away to run for help.
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January 24, 2011 | By Gary Klein
A USC strength and conditioning coach negligently caused a weightlifting bar carrying 275 pounds to fall on the neck of Stafon Johnson, the former Trojans running back alleges in a personal-injury lawsuit filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court. Johnson seeks unspecified damages from USC and Jamie Yanchar, who worked for USC at the time of the incident and was a member of the Seattle Seahawks' staff in 2010. Johnson was injured during an on-campus training session on Sept.
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