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Stafon Johnson manages 13 bench press reps

USC running back Stafon Johnson bench pressed 225 pounds 13 times at the NFL scouting combine, an accomplishment that required a great deal of heart and determination from a young man who nearly lost his life while bench pressing five months ago.

The 13 reps were significantly fewer than Johnson was hoping for, but considering that his football career — and even his life — could have ended when he dropped a bar on his throat in the USC weight room last year, just being at the combine at all is a great achievement.

Johnson’s voice still sounded raspy as he introduced himself to the coaches before getting on the bench, but other than that he has basically made a complete recovery from the serious injuries he suffered in the accident. Whether he makes it in the NFL or not, he has a lot to be proud of.

Lonyae Miller of Fresno State and Ben Tate of Auburn were the leaders among the running backs, with 26 reps each.

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13 Responses to “Stafon Johnson manages 13 bench press reps”
  1. gooftroop says: Feb 28, 2010 9:35 AM

    It must have taken a lot of courage to get up there in front of all those people and do something that almost killed you less than six months ago. I hope he makes it in the NFL it would be a good story.

  2. Igottz5onit says: Feb 28, 2010 9:50 AM

    Ben tates a beast. I had wondered what had happened to Johnson the other day.

  3. P-Slice says: Feb 28, 2010 10:06 AM

    Congrats for not giving up Stafon, the number doesn’t matter, the heart was there.

  4. Ron says: Feb 28, 2010 10:13 AM

    My question is who was spotting him when
    had the 275lb weight fall on his throat (He’s not your friend”

  5. says: Feb 28, 2010 10:35 AM

    Leading running backs only had 26 raps, so he didn’t too bad overall.
    Bench press reps matter about as much as Rosenthal’s opinion anyways, but glad to hear he made it to the combine at all.

  6. geaux says: Feb 28, 2010 10:50 AM

    Good for him – I’m pulling for the kid to get a chance.

  7. Stafford's Johnson says: Feb 28, 2010 11:00 AM

    does anyone know if he is actually eating solid food yet? It’s hard to maintain your strength over 5 months when you’re on a liquid diet.

  8. benjua says: Feb 28, 2010 11:22 AM

    i guess i can’t prove it, but i’m going to go out on a limb and guess this wasn’t the first time he’s bench pressed since the incident so i don’t think it shows any remarkable heart and determination. i have no problems with stafon and i hope he lands in the NFL but this isn’t exactly like leftwich being carried down the field between plays by teammates because his leg is broken.

  9. Johnnyb612 says: Feb 28, 2010 11:28 AM

    Packers should take this guy.

  10. peteydeep says: Feb 28, 2010 11:49 AM

    “…who was spotting him..”
    If your benching 275 lbs and it slips out of your hands there is nothing a spotter can do. Get into a weight room, Ron.

  11. The Notorious V.I.C. says: Feb 28, 2010 12:27 PM

    That’s what you call post traumatic stress disorder.

  12. Macadamia says: Feb 28, 2010 1:20 PM

    benjua, don’t be a d*****bag.

  13. brasho says: Feb 28, 2010 3:58 PM

    Benjua is right. It isn’t like this is the first time Johnson has been in a weight room in six months.
    BTW, no spotter in the world is going to catch 275 lbs in mid-air and keep it from crashing down on somebody… and besides that for most athletes, 275 lbs isn’t a really heavy weight where a spotter is absolutely necessary.

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