UPDATE: 9:30 am 11/15/2012 – Police confirm that Thomas Johnson has been found safe in Dallas, Tx.
It has been a wild week for those in College Station, Texas. The town is still celebrating from the Texas A&M Aggies defeat of the Alabama Crimson Tide. However, celebrations were paused when the school announced that freshman wide receiver Thomas Johnson had gone missing.
Campus police issued this statement on the Aggie receiver:
“The Texas A&M University Police Department is currently seeking assistance in locating a missing Texas A&M student, Thomas Linze Johnson. Johnson is described as a black male, 18 years of age, 5’11,” 180 lbs., black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen leaving his residence in College Station on Nov. 12 at approximately 5 p.m., wearing a black jacket, black shorts and grey shoes. He was also in possession of a set of “Dr. Dre Beats” brand headphones.”
“Johnson has family and friends in the Dallas area and may have traveled to the area. “
Thomas Johnson is the Texas A&M’s third leading receiver with 30 catches for 339 yards and a touchdown. The receiver played a limited role in the team’s win over Alabama but gained 22 yards on three catches in the game.
Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin had this to say about his missing receiver:
“All of us are obviously very concerned about the safety and well-being of Thomas Johnson, who has been missing since Monday evening. Authorities are working closely with his family, friends and law enforcement agencies to help locate him. Thomas is a tremendous student-athlete, greatly admired by his fellow teammates and all of us on the coaching staff. If anyone has any current information about him or knows of his whereabouts, please contact his family or law enforcement authorities immediately. We pray for his quick and safe return.”
The greatest part of sports is the human element it contains that brings people together. Its so quickly that we are reminded during the best of times that we are only a step away from being at the bottom. This is when sports are at there best as a unifying factor.
The win over Alabama brought the College Station community together and perhaps did so at the right time. One of their loved ones is missing and they need to come together during this trying time to help find the young man.
If anyone has any information on Johnson’s location, please let the authorities know as soon as possible.