Michigan RB Drake Johnson was run over by a forklift on campus last month

Have you ever been hit by a car and lived to tell about it? If you weren’t seriously injured, the story you have forever trumps whatever pain you were feeling. I have a story like that, but that pales in comparison to the story Michigan senior running back Drake Johnson can tell.

According to this ESPN report, Johnson was run over by a forklift on April 13th at the Wolverines’ indoor track building.

The Detroit Free Press reports that Johnson was stretching on the floor when the forklift driver ran him over. The driver initially thought he had run over a starting block before realizing it was Johnson.

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The day after the incident, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said Johnson was “doing well” and that it didn’t appear he would miss much time.

Some may be wondering why Johnson wasn’t stretching at football facility since he’s a football player. As it turns out, Johnson competes in sprint and hurdle events for Michigan track and field in the spring.

Ironically, Johnson has had more serious injuries on the football field than he has after being ran over by a forklift. Johnson has torn his ACL twice while with the Wolverines in a career that has included just 641 rushing yards.

This season will be Johnson’s fifth with the team and we hope that this incident won’t prove to be too much of a setback for the Ann Arbor native. This probably could have been much worse but in coach Harbaugh’s words, Johnson is “blue, twisted steel”.

Here’s to a speedy recovery for Johnson and his family.

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