Derrick Johnson was devastated when his Achilles ruptured in his first game of 2014.
But the all-star inside 'backer would take that injury -- and the grueling rehab -- over what he had to go through back in 2009.
That's when then-coach Todd Haley benched Johnson, a future three-time Pro Bowler. It still angers the 11-year veteran to this day.
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"I'd had some good games here and there prior to that fifth year when I got benched when the new regime came in with Todd Haley," Johnson told SportingNews.com."But if you look at my career after that season, I made the Pro Bowl every year."
Johnson overcame that hardship and then some. He's now eying a return from that season-ending injury and a place among the Chiefs' all-time leading tacklers.
His Achilles feels much better than his ego did after that benching. So in some ways, Johnson is thankful for the demotion; it helped him put his rehab in perspective.
"I was conditioned," Johnson said. "Everything timed up and conditioned me to get my mind right; to say I've come back from something worse than this. So I can do this. That helped me out."
(h/t SportingNews) Jon Rieger -- USA TODAY Sports