Jim Johnson, the former defensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles, passed away on Tuesday. He was the coordinator from 1999-2008, a 10-year period in which Brian Dawkins played for the club.
The Broncos safety released a statement on the passing of Johnson on Tuesday.
“This is a sad, sad day for myself and my Philadelphia family. Jim was tailor-made to coach in Philadelphia. He was a tough coach who wasn’t afraid to let you know how he was feeling, but at the same time, he cared about us deeply. He was an absolute blessing to me with the way he used me on the football field and allowed me to show my God-given ability. His confidence in me meant so much—he looked to create new defenses each week to utilize my talents. I have been praying for him every day, and those prayers won’t stop now. I’ll be praying for his family and their comfort during this difficult time.”