Keyontae Johnson is speaking and thankful.
The Florida Gators star, who collapsed on the court during a game on Dec. 12 and was hospitalized, posted a video message to Twitter on Friday thanking those who helped him get through a scary time. Along with the video, the junior tweeted, “God said my work here ain’t done.”
“First and foremost, I’d like to thank God. I know y’all have been sending your prayers out the last few weeks and me and my parents are very grateful for all the prayers that have been going out,” Johnson said in the video. “To all the doctors and medical staff at Tallahassee Memorial and UF Shands, I just want to say thank you for all the support y’all gave me, especially the lady that was in the gym at Florida State.”
Johnson, who in the video wore wearing a shirt that read, “Write Your Own Story”, had been in a medically induced coma, but was able to FaceTime with his parent earlier this week, according to the school. Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin said in a statement on Thursday that Johnson was “showing truly encouraging signs of progress.”
Johnson, the preseason player of the year in the SEC, collapsed during a game at rival Florida State. He was rushed to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital before being transferred to UF Health on Monday. What caused him to collapse is not yet clear.
“To my Gator nation, and the UF athletic family, I just want to thank you for all the prayers that y’all gave out to me,” Johnson said. “Go Gators.”
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