Devin Johnson

Devin Johnson

Devin was 22 years old with a promising career in mixed martial arts when he broke his neck during a routine practice session.  Despite this major change in Devin’s trajectory, he didn’t let his accident slow him down. Devin came to DOR in 2013. Now he’s back in school pursuing a degree in accounting.

Devin: I went to the first fight, won that, then the second fight, won that. By the fifth fight, I won that, I ended being 5-0 and I’m like, alright I’ll just keep going with this. And I was at practice and just one day, instead of breaking your pinky, I broke my neck, so it’s just what happened.

DOR: Before that moment, when you broke your neck, did you ever think about like I probably can’t do this forever, so what’s my back up plan? Or did you just not…

Devin: Never. I mean, I just knew as long as my body was going to keep kicking, I’m going to keep going through, you know? No matter what it took. I never expected, this. You know, maybe I expected “Oh I’ll break my leg a few times.” A lot of guys break their hands or break an eye socket, break a nose, but never expected to not fight again.

DOR: Do you get depressed?

Devin: You know, a lot of people, ask that and you know, I think I get more depressed when I think about what I went through then at the time and be depressed. I don’t know. I’m just opening my eyes and going through it, I don’t really ever get depressed.

DOR: Do you think your family took it harder then you did?

Devin: Yeah, yeah. My brother broke down to like my girlfriend. You know, you can tell it was hurting him. I really can’t put myself in his situation, just like he can’t put himself in mine. Just imagine, that your older brother, that did everything, is just gone. I mean not gone, that’s the thing you know, maybe he’s realizing that now. That, that I’m (still)  here, I’m still the same person.

Debbie Deniz

Debbie Deniz