Chris Johnson wanted to honor the 26 victims that lost their lives in Friday’s shootings in Newton, Conn. So the running back wrote all 26 names, including the 20 deceased children from Sandy Hook Elementary School on his game cleats.
It was a gesture that was meaningful to the father of twins.
“It’s a situation when you have kids and you wake up and see that on the news it’s kind of heartbreaking,” Johnson said. “It’s something to try to give back and show a tribute to those families. I know how much they hurt. It’s a situation on Monday Night Football where everybody around the world is watching and not really watching anything else. I felt like it was a good deed.”
The Titans had a moment of silence before kickoff to remember the innocent lives that were lost, but Johnson wanted to do something extra. He capped his motivation with a franchise-record 94-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
“It was much more meaningful,” he said of his touchdown. “Just thinking about those kids all week and the whole game and just how fortunate we are to be able to come out every Sunday and Monday and play on this field…I don’t care who you are, anytime you have kids, you just think about that situation. It’s really tough. It shows how blessed you are to see your kids every day.”
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