Jim Johnson's Fight With Cancer

Green WingsContributor IJanuary 30, 2009

Jim Johnson, godfather of the blitz, has been diagnosed today with melanoma skin cancer in his spine. Other areas of his body are also affected. An MRI confirmed a tumor in his spine, which was originally thought to be a disc problem.

Johnson, who is now 67 years old, was originally diagnosed with skin cancer in 2001. The cancer has spread through his back, and has been causing the Eagles defensive coordinator ten years of excruciating back pain.

Surgery is usually the main treatment for this type of cancer, but no surgery has been scheduled. Instead, Johnson will be undergoing radiation therapy.

Jim Johnson has led the Eagles defensively since the start of Andy Reid's coaching career in Philadelphia. Known for his exotic blitzes, Johnson has since put the Eagles' defense back on the map. His defensive units have recorded at least 342 sacks since the start of his tenure in Philly.

Our prayers are with him and his family.

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