Vance Johnson

Vance Johnson is a former Denver Broncos, NFL wide receiver with a 10-year career that included three Super Bowl appearances. After growing up around addiction and domestic violence, he struggled with mental health and substance abuse throughout his career. In 2009 his life came to a holt when he fell in an induced coma. Four years later Vance miraculously overcame his drug and alcohol addiction and he has devoted his life to telling his story to others.

Vance is currently an ambassador of 14 mental health and recovery centers around the United States and he is an author releasing his first book “Uncovered”. He has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Maury Povich Show, the NFL Network and recently Wendy Williams. He has been focusing on his full-time ministry as a keynote speaker at churches, addiction/recovery centers, and at organized related events across the country.
It is Vance’s passion and purpose to inspire those who have found themselves powerless broken and looking for a breakthrough.


Uncovered: Why Becoming Less Became Everything


At the height of his career, Vance Johnson, one of the “Three Amigos” recruited by Mike Shanahan for the Denver Broncos, was hiding a serious alcohol and pill addiction that cost him literally everything he had. He hit rock bottom in the middle of a canyon in Colorado, and from that moment, began the slow journey of reclaiming his life and becoming the man he should have been all along.

The three-time Super Bowl wide receiver learned to be tough from early on, because he grew up in a home where domestic abuse was an everyday occurrence, and being the best was the only option. Vance was always searching for his joy, that one thing that would fulfill him. He didn’t find it in his eight marriages, he didn’t find it playing for the NFL, and he didn’t find it within himself.

The death of his oldest son, several suicide attempts and a 28-day coma brought on by his pill/alcohol abuses, combined to be the wake-up call he needed. His memorable and unforgettable story is one that is almost too incredible to believe—but it’s also that very truth that eventually set him free from addiction.

Now happily married and sober, Vance tours the country speaking and encouraging others who are at their breaking point to look to the power of God to change their lives.

His book is an honest, raw account of the destruction brought on by addiction and the power of faith in finding the way back from the depths of hell. Uncovered is more than just Vance Johnson’s unbelievable life story—it’s a book of hope and a path to finding a brighter, better life.