We have some unfortunate news to pass along today as former Detroit Lions S Demetrious Johnson has died at the young age of 61. Johnson was selected by the Lions in the fifth round of the 1983 NFL Draft. He spent four seasons with the Lions, intercepting five passes and recovering nine fumbles in 62 careers games. After leaving the Lions, Johnson played one season with the Miami Dolphins before hanging up his cleats.
Remembering former Detroit Lions S Demetrious Johnson
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported earlier today that Johnson died on Christmas Eve due to complications from an aortic dissection, a rare heart condition.
“His big heart and love for his community will never be forgotten,” his family said in a written statement.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Demetrious Johnson during this difficult time.