Huntsville family aims to shine football spotlight on high school kids in honor of their son

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A family’s tragedy turned into a quest to highlight high school footballers.

More than 125 people attended Friday’s media night for the Danny Kendall Johnson Foundation. Johnson was a former Alabama A&M University football player who was killed March 24, 2016, in a car crash near Scottsboro.

According to his parents, the accident was caused by an impaired driver.

Huntsville father Danny Johnson and his family want to give players a chance to show off their college skills on behalf of their son. The first Senior Scout Bowl is scheduled for this spring and summer at Milton Frank Stadium in Huntsville.

“We think we’ve had some success and we’re looking for companies to help sponsor us moving forward and hopefully we can have huge success in the future,” Johnson said.

The evening’s guest speaker was Andy Fuller, a former Alabama A&M assistant coach who signed Danny Kendall Johnson to play for the Bulldogs.

“This family means a lot to me,” said Fuller, who played at Auburn.

According to the website, www.seniorscoutbowl.com, the bowl will consist of two events, eight games with 52 players from each team from Divisions 1A through 7A and an All-Star game consisting of the best players in the region. Johnson said those players will be determined by accolades such as All-State, All-City, All-Region, All-County, All-Metro, and more.

The games, scheduled for April 25-29, are aimed at high school students.

Johnson is the foundation’s CEO emeritus; and his wife, Susan, is CEO. Desmond Johnson, the youngest of his three sons, is the chief financial officer. Danny Kendall Johnson’s twin brother, DeVon, serves as executive vice president and chairman of athletics. Briona Johnson Myers, the older sister, is the foundation’s chief legal officer.

Danny Kendall Johnson, who died at 20, was a star player for Alabama A&M. DeVon was an All-American at Tennessee State. Desmond played at Tennessee State from 2016 to 2018.

“It takes a whole village to go through something like this,” Susan Johnson said of the tragic loss of family.

“This village for us continues to grow.”

Johnson was a sophomore at the time of the accident. The 2011 Kia he was a passenger in collided head-on with a 1999 Dodge pickup truck in Jackson County. It happened on Alabama 40 about 10 miles northeast of Scottsboro, according to Alabama State Troopers.

Johnson, who played at JO Johnson, was a two-year starter for the Bulldogs.

He blocked a point try after that proved to be the winning margin in Alabama A&M’s 37-36 victory over Alabama State in the Magic City Classic his sophomore season. Johnson also had an interception in the end zone and 5 tackles for the Bulldogs in the game.

Family, friends and teammates gathered at Alabama A&M’s Louis Crews Stadium in 2016 to honor Danny Johnson after he died in a car crash. (Photo from AL.com file)

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