AUBURN, Ala. — Football players are supposed to be the toughest of the tough. It’s an unwritten rule that crying isn’t allowed.
Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson was following that rule until fans in Jordan-Hare Stadium got involved on Saturday night.
During the second half of the Iron Bowl with a lead on Alabama, the junior extended his arm diving for a touchdown and injured his left shoulder on the play.
Johnson was laying limp for what seemed like an eternity before athletic trainers ran to his side. Waiting in anticipation, fans offered their support for Auburn’s leading rusher — and only then did Johnson loose his cool.
This is for you KJ. pic.twitter.com/LON1yo0K6Q
— Ryan Scott (@Rscott3384) November 26, 2017
“Not even going to lie, that kinda, that brought tears to my eyes. I was good until that happened,” Johnson said. “Just to see that support. A lot of people play this game. A lot of people come through Auburn. A lot of people out there Saturday played, but to hear the crowd chanting my name, just supporting me through that time where I wanted to finish that game — that was obviously a huge game for us.
“I wanted to be out there and finish that game with the team. That brought tears to my eyes. That just shows that I’ve done right by myself, I’ve done right by this university since I’ve been here.”
Johnson’s touchdown in the third quarter was the 17th of the 2017 season and the most by a Tiger since Tre Mason racked up 23 back in 2013.
Auburn fans, players and of course, Johnson himself is hoping he’ll be able to add on to the 1,276 yards he’s totaled so far this season in the SEC Championship game later this week. The shoulder, according to Johnson, is “banged up” yet he plans to do everything he can to get healthy in the coming days.
“I’m confident in myself just because I’ve been through injuries in my time here,” Johnson said. “I’ve been through it before, everybody has. So I’ll never count myself out until I’m officially counted out.”
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