Todd Johnson has always radiated a fierce energy on the sidelines as a Coach in the college and pro ranks, as well as with Nike sponsored MOKAN teams. This as a guy who was "working" the sidelines, moving, gesturing, pleading, leading and loving. You knew TJ was in the gym. He was a fiery presence. And then, he wasn't.
The rare form of cancer Todd was diagnosed with, poems syndrome, ravaged his body quickly, causing unbearable pain in his hands and feet. His body faded away in front of his fellow MOKAN coaches and his players, me included. It was hard to watch my friend go from that crazy Tom Creen energy, bouncing up and down that sideline, to a man sitting in a wheelchair, often in agony with what felt like razor blades in his feet.
I'm happy to say I watched my friend and fellow coach walk in on his own and up and down a flight of stairs to record this podcast.
I truly believe we are defined by our responses to adversity in our lives. When TJ found out he had cancer he t