Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson never wants to forget his roots and is making sure he is part of his Junior Colleges legacy. According to Lane Clark of NBC Philadelphia Johnson is giving $500,000 to build “The Lane” Athletic Performance Center at Kilgore College. Lane got his start in college football playing quarterback at the school.
Lane Johnson is paving “The Lane” at his Kilgore College
Giving $500,000 to build “The Lane” Athletic Performance Center. Lane played QB there
“It truly is an underdog story, coming from small town East Texas to a JUCO to making it in the NFL and winning a Super Bowl” pic.twitter.com/GJkgJoqitQ
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) May 22, 2019
A lot of times JUCO colleges don't have money to spend on nice athletic facilities and Johnson's gift will make sure that isn't the problem at his former school.
According to NJ.com, the facility will be a 3,800 square foot facility that will include state of the art weight and training equipment that will be available to all sports offered at the school.
“I’m finally in a place where I can make these things a reality and inspire the next generation to chase their dreams,” Johnson said in a Kilgore press release. “It truly is an underdog story – coming from small town East Texas to a JUCO to making it in the NFL and winning a Super Bowl.
“My whole purpose is to show them that they can accomplish anything they set their minds to. The only ones who are going to stop them are themselves and people who are trying to diminish their confidence. I am excited for the future of Kilgore College athletics and look forward to watching this program compete for championships.”
This is another good story of players giving back to places that helped them get to where they were going. With the equipment upgrades, there is no doubt it will help to recruit players to the college and all sports should improve because of it.