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After leading Longmont to a state runner-up finish in 2009, quarterback Jake Johnson’s future on the gridiron appeared bright.

But after transferring from Colorado State-Pueblo before his freshman season began and then suffering a left wrist injury during practice in his first semester at Adams State that led to a pair of surgeries, Johnson has yet to play in college.

Now he’s passing on the college game to play for a professional team, the Prague Lions, in the Czech Republic.

The dual threat QB left Friday and will be gone roughly three months depending on how far the Lions make it in the postseason. Johnson’s father, Dean, said players in the league play mostly for room and board and a small salary. Jake Johnson will also be helping teach children English while he’s in Prague.

Johnson was probably one of the top five football players I’ve covered in my time covering local preps. The road since high school’s been a bumpy one for him, but it’s nice to see him get the chance to continue playing, and in a unique situation no less.

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