For the family of Thomas Johnson, the Texas A&M community and his teammates and coaches on the football team, the news that he was found on Thursday morning was a huge relief.
For those of us not involved, it was a relief to learn he was found safely as well.
Texas A&M freshman receiver Thomas Johnson, missing since Monday, was found safe on Thursday in Dallas, the university police department and the player's mother confirmed.
A police department spokesperson told ESPN.com Thursday morning that further information was forthcoming, but confirmed that Johnson was safe.
His mother, Linda Hanks, said A&M University police called her early Thursday to say the 18-year-old had been found unharmed.
"We are pleased and relieved to find T.J.," Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin said. "Our foremost concern is for the health and wellbeing of T.J. I would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers and efforts in locating him."
According to the report, campus police were expected to hold a news conference on Thursday, perhaps shedding light on why Johnson went missing or how he ended up in Dallas. Further information has not been made available as to the cause of his disappearance.
No matter what the circumstances of his disappearance may have been, it's a relief that he was found safely and presumably without being harmed in any way. Hopefully, his teammates and coaches will rally around him and support him in this surely trying time.
In these moments, it's nice to have a team that has your back.
The freshman has 30 receptions this season for 339 yards and a touchdown. His performance on the field is certainly the last thing anyone is concerned about, but he is a young man who has shown potential on the field and looks to have a future in the game.
Hopefully, this was the case of a young man perhaps feeling a bit homesick and returning home without telling anyone, and not something more nefarious.
Regardless, it's good to see he was found and our worst fears weren't proven true.
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