For a moment, Vikings running back Ian Johnson was ready to battle.
“I’m just running my route and my eyes are always fixed on the quarterback,” Johnson told Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, talking about a recent practice.
“I got hit by something and go up over my feet, end over end. I did a flip,” Johnson said. “My first instinct was, ‘Oh, I’m going to hurt whoever this was because someone just cheap-shotted me.’ I look up and I see it’s Coach Childress. He’s on the ground and I’m like, ‘Oh no, that’s my ticket out of here.’ You don’t do that to the head man.
Well, you can if it’s the fault of the coach.
“I sat there for about two seconds and he popped up and said, ‘Oh, I’m sorry. That’s my fault.’ I was like, ‘Whew, maybe I’m not out of here,’” Johnson said.
The third-string could joke about it now, but witnesses says it was a serious collision. Both men were left with major bruises, but nothing worse.
In the end, Johnson got to live out the fantasy of Packers fans, Bears fans, and possibly some Vikings players. He got to run over Brad Childress.