COLUMBIA, Mo. On a morning that marked another milestone in his remarkable return, a soft-spoken Missouri running back explained why he had to lose it all in order to gain much more.
"What I went through was a big lesson in me taking a lot of things for granted," Henry Josey said as he stood in an end zone of a stadium that fell silent when he grabbed his left knee in agony 18 months ago.
Josey will tell you there's a reason his devastating injury happened. He says the loss of football made him find his faith, and he credits that strengthened relationship with God as the reason he's been able to complete a comeback so many said could not occur.
"Believing in God like I needed to be, showing how much I'm in love with Him, showing my faith, it brought it all back," Josey said.
That faith, he says, wasn't always there. Not as a sophomore, when he was the nation's fifth-leading rusher. At that time, football was the most-important thing.