Dear Stafon

Here’s a really neat letter to Stafon Johnson from Kevin Plank, the CEO of Under Armour. Johnson is in Alabama for the Senior Bowl, sponsored by Under Armour and is scheduled to play. Plank gave the letter to Johnson in a team meeting today.

Dear Stafon,

On behalf of the entire Under Armour family, I would like to personally congratulate you on your participation in the Under Armour Senior Bowl. Your presence on the field will not only elevate the level of play, but also will serve as a powerful reminder of the tremendous courage, determination and strength you continue to display in the face of adversity.

Thank you for inspiring football fans around the world, and allowing us to share in your remarkable recovery. More importantly, thank you for showing us how a true champion is built.

At Under Armour, we challenge each other to “protect this house, I will,” which we loosely define as fighting with all your energy for that which is most important. to you. In the 13-plus years since I founded the company, I would be hard-pressed to find an athlete who has fought more honorably, or diligently than you. While we cannot begin to imagine the physical pain and trauma you have endured, we do understand and appreciate the magnitude of your efforts to return to the game.

I remain proud of your accomplishments and humbled by your journey, which has only just begun.

Humble and hungry,
Kevin Plank
Founder and CEO Under Armour

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