Former University of Kentucky football standout Micah Johnson, also the 2005 Mr. Football winner while at Fort Campbell, re-signed with the Canadian Football League's Calgary Stampeders. The defensive lineman played in six games last season before suffering a season-ending knee injury for the second time during his career.
"Honestly, my mental toughness has been tested to the extreme these past two years," Johnson told the Calgary Herald. "Anybody that knows anything about rehabbing an ACL, it's not fun. It's very painful and in essence to be rehabbing for two years straight, it's just made me a lot tougher."
Johnson had hoped to test the waters for a return to the NFL.
"It was a matter honestly of working out for NFL teams, I was just behind the curve with the injuries," he told the Calgary Herald. "I feel like they would like to have workouts by now and obviously I wasn't able to. It was just a matter of seeing what would be the best situation. It was me trying to take my time and be patient with my knee because I felt that's what I didn't do last time, that's why I re-tore it. The time frame didn't work out and I just had to pass on NFL workouts."
Johnson had 19 tackles and three sacks before his injury last season.
"Micah has been a very impressive player when he has been on the field for us," head coach and general manager John Hufnagel said. "He's had some misfortune in regards to injuries over the past two seasons, but I know he's been working hard to return to action and I look forward to seeing him play a full season."