Delane Hart Johnson watching and healing

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – “I just go home every night and thank God that it is a blessing to still be here.” Those are the words of University of New Mexico receiver Delane Hart Johnson.

The six foot four 210 pound receiver out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania nearly lost his life in an auto accident in his hometown during the summer.

“It was one of those things where the car went airborne and rolled over three times,” said Hart Johnson. He doesn’t really remember how it all happened.

Hart Johnson just knows that he woke up two days after the crash in the hospital, wondering what happened. It was like he was in a constant dream.

“It was pretty scary,” said Hart Johnson. “I didn’t know when I was going to wake up for real for real. Everybody thought I was dead at the scene.”

That was in May of 2016 and left Hart Johnson with multiple injuries to heal. In order to become fully healthy, Hart Johnson decided to use a redshirt year at New Mexico.

His plan is to be back on the field next season to continue chasing his dream of playing on the professional level one day.

Sitting and watching his team compete has been hard.

“Being on the sideline watching, it’s depressing,” said Hart Johnson.

He sits now by vows to come back better in 2017. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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