September 29, 2009 The Unbiased Writer


Well known tailback, Stafon Johnson is unlikely to play again this season after a falling weight bar crushed his neck and larynx. Johnson was in critical but stable condition late Monday night after more than seven hours of surgery to help reconstruct and open his airways. The accident occurred when Johnson was bench pressing early Monday morning when the bar slipped out of his right hand and fell at an angle onto his throat, according to a statement released by the university. USC athletic trainers and emergency personnel rushed to the scene.

Johnson was taken to a hospital where he still is currently being held. Johnson, a 5-foot-11 senior, is the Trojans’ second-leading rusher with 157 yards, and he leads USC with five touchdowns. He was USC’s leading rusher in 2008 with 705 yards. “I’ve seen players have the bar slip and fall onto their chest, but never in my 25 years of coaching have I heard of someone dropping a bar on their throat,” said strength and conditioning coach Chris Carlisle, who was standing 10 feet away when the accident happened. Accident like this, occur often in college sports. Is the pressure put on these young college athletes to turn pro too much? What do you think?



  1. Pookie

    i don’t think the pressure is too much, i just think it was a horrible accident that can happen to anyone. poor guy! thank god he is getting better!

  2. minilucie

    I agree! that it was a horrible accident but when the coaches made comments about it happening before then it raises other questions

  3. TreY

    I think the pressure is extremely heavy on athletes, such as Stafon, especially given the tradition that SC Football has. You want to be the next great to go on to the league, win a Heisman, or get recognized in Heritage Hall. A lot of powerhouse schools set the bar extremely high and leave no room for error, which puts so much more stress and pressure on the athletes to perform at their highest level at all times. Therefore, they are going to push their body to, and sometimes passed its physical limits in order to be the best, which in this case may have hurt Stafon.

  4. ella

    horrible accident! he will be missed on the field this weekend for sure! he was tweeting during recovery…oooo technology!

  5. S.

    I hope he gets better asap, I don’t know him nor am I a USC football groupie, but that doesn’t sound too good. To comment on the actual question, of course they are pushed to the limit. They are not only in competition with the other teams and players, they are in competition with themselves to become Daft Punk […better,faster, stronger]. Yes I will say that was kind of corney, but if you don’t like it stop reading now!

    Many athletes give up because of the pressure or they become injured, like this incident. They have to remember they are not super-humans although they think they are. They have limits and they need to know them. In conclusion, feel better dude!

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