Missouri was an afterthought headed into the 2013 football season. No, they were less than an afterthought. They were the punching bag, the program no one respected and the team no one even considered.
That is, until they ended up as SEC East champs and one of the Top 5 teams in the country.
Mizzou’s surprise dream season was the result of many factors, but it couldn’t have been done without the miraculous return of Henry Josey. Forget jumping to the most competitive football conference in the country — Josey returned from an injury that would’ve ended 99 careers out of 100. Not only did he get back on the field, he was Missouri’s money back, finding pay dirt 17 times in the season... that’s three more than in his first two seasons combined.
Going into the match up against Texas A&M, Missouri was already feeling like a team of destiny — at least in Columbia. There was a quiet sense of confidence that the Tigers could take care of business against their old Big 12 foe. However, Johnny Football and the Aggies were able to keep things close into the final minutes.
That’s when Henry Josey put a cap on his one-of-a-kind comeback story.
From Bill’s post-game links wrap-up:
This Missouri team has gone above and beyond in both facets, and the human side of the men on the field last night made an incredible night and season even better. There are too many human interest stories to count on this team. Henry Josey’s is at the top of the list. There is nothing in the world more fitting than the fact that Josey’s score won the East.
2013 would be Josey’s last in a Missouri uniform, and there’s a case to be made that no one wrote himself a better sendoff than the speedster from Angleton.