Well gang, the Kansas City Chiefs have had some good guys and some bad guys. I rarely dwell on the bad guys from our past, but once a year or so I like to bring up the good guys to make sure they are remembered. Without further delay, I bring you the story of an almost at times forgotten good guy. I have made it my personal duty to make is remembered.
In the summer of 1960, the future was looking very bright indeed for young Stone Johnson. A graduate of the Grambling University track program, Stone was considered by many to be one of the best runners in the world. On top of that, Stone had played for Eddie Robinson’s Grambling football program.
The 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome is often called the first “modern” Olympic games. The first to be televised worldwide. The first major doping scandal in which an olympic cyclist died while on illegal performance enhancing drugs. The first the world heard of a young boxer named Cassius Clay.
And the first the world heard of a young runner named Stone Johnson. Stone finished fifth in the 200 meters, but contributed to a gold medal win in the 4 x 100 relay only to see it disqualified for a lane violation. Matching the world record 20.5 seconds in the 200 meters at the Olympic trials that year helped get him to the Olympics that year and showed the world that Stone Johnson was one of the fastest humans alive.
In 1963, Stone became a member of the NFL due in large part to Lamar Hunts fledgling AFL.
Stone was a track guy, but his participation in the Grambling football program gave him a real shot at making the brand new KC Chiefs franchise.
What happened next is a reminder to us all that each day we are blessed to live on this earth should be treasured.
In a 1963 preseason game against Oakland, Stone sustained a broken neck, was paralyzed instantly, and died with his parents by his side ten days later.
The Hunt family always makes sure if you are a Chief and leave this world far to early, you will be remembered. His number 33 has never been worn by a Chief since.
Next time your at Arrowhead, watch for Stone Johnsons name on the Ring of Honor. Stone never got a chance to show the world what he had, lets make sure he isn’t forgotten