Injury comeback shows Josey's toughness

July, 10, 2014
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Henry Josey was supposed to be done.

In November of 2011, Josey -- then a running back at Missouri -- suffered a bone-chilling injury that included a torn ACL, MCL, patellar tendon and nerve damage.

It took three operations to repair all the damage. It also took an incredible amount of mental and physical toughness to come to rehab every day.

But here he is working through OTAs and preparing for training camp with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent.

“All I did was rehab that whole year, 14-to-16-hour days,” Josey told the Wilmington (Del.) News Journal. “I'd be in training room the whole time. I'd eat breakfast there, eat lunch, take a nap, then go home. It was like a regular job. Every day was tough. There were no days off from rehab. Every day you knew you were going to be in some kind of pain, but you had to get through it. That's what had to be done.”

Josey’s son, Henry Josey Jr., was 1 at the time of the injury and gave him the boost he needed to push through the long days.

“He watches everything I do,” Josey told the News Journal. “I didn't want to be letting him down. I knew in the back of my mind he's watching me and he's expecting me to show up every day, and that's exactly what I did. If I didn't make it back, at least he'd know that I tried my hardest.”

Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, who also played at Missouri, suffered a torn ACL as a freshman and then again last summer during training camp.

Maclin has reached out to Josey.

“He's my guy,” Maclin told the News Journal. “I just made myself available for him. (Now), he couldn't be in a better situation. He has the opportunity to learn from the best running back in the league (LeSean McCoy) and this offense. I'm excited for him.”

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