DUTTON, Ala. (WHNT) – Alabama A&M University announced Thursday that football player Danny Johnson died in an early morning wreck in Dutton.
“This is a tragic loss for the Alabama A&M University family,” said Director of Athletics Bryan Hicks. “Danny was a fine young man, a hard worker on the field and off. Our condolences go out to the Johnson family.”
Johnson was a sophomore at the university and served as a two-year starter on the Bulldogs’ defense. In the 2015 season, Johnson finished second on the team with 30 solo tackles and he broke up four passes.
“It is with great sadness that we share the tragic news of Danny’s passing,” said AAMU Head Coach James Spady. “He and his brother Devon were two of our first signees.”
Johnson was also a graduate of J.O. Johnson High School, signing with the Bulldogs in 2014.
“Danny was an important member of our football family and a fine student. We ask everyone to join us in prayer for his family and keep them in your thoughts in this time of sadness.”
In his freshman year, Johnson received an honorable mention as Defensive Back Performer of the Week by College Football Performance Awards.
He blocked a point-after try which proved to be the margin of victory in Alabama A&M’s 37-36 win over Alabama State in the Magic City Classic. Johnson also had an endzone interception and 5 tackles for the Bulldogs in the game.
Funeral arrangements will be announced.