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Inky Johnson – Will

In September 9, 2006, a ordinary college football game became not so ordinary for Inky Johnson, of the Tennessee Volunteers. A routine tackle turned into a life-threatening injury, and nothing has been normal for Inky ever since. Not with a paralyzed right arm. Not with daily pain. Not with constant physical challenges.
As a projected first round NFL draft pick entering his junior year, he had the whole world in front of him.  All he had to do was play the next 10 games and then he would be a multi-millionaire. 

His dream had always been to play professional sports. Growing up in a rough part of Atlanta, Inky set his sights on better. You might think his injury would have destroyed his motivation, broken his will and crushed his spirit. But that’s only because you don’t know Inky.

Who is Inquoris “Inky” Johnson? He could be described as the survivor of an underprivileged past. He could be described as a refugee of poverty and violence. He could be described as a success story stained by tragedy. But if you look deeper, you’ll discover something else.

You’ll see a man gripped by the promise that God has purposes and plans far beyond our own. And you’ll be inspired by his relentless determination, which he loves to impart to others through his dramatic story.
“My arm may be paralyzed but my heart isn’t, my spirit isn’t and my mind isn’t.”

Inky’s will to impact others has driven him to be the successful man he is today. He speaks all over the country to teams, colleges and businesses alike. 

Inky is a believer that “…things don’t happen to you, they happen for you.” When your will is tested, you must not play the victim of circumstances but rather the victor.

Inky has a master’s degree in sports psychology from the University of Tennessee. He devotes much of his time to mentoring athletes and underprivileged youth. 

  • What do most people do when tragedy strikes?
  • What did Inky do?
  • Do you view things in life as happening to you or for you? 
  • What areas of your life do you need a better perspective?