Injured Foot, Burning Desire
He had injured his foot, and was unable to suit up for the next three games.
"“When I got hurt.. as soon as I got hurt, I felt the pop and I knew it was a flash of my future. I had a tough time. At first, I didn’t want to come to the training facilities. I lost weight. It felt like football was taken from me. Ultimately It was a test, to set me back and handle adversity. I had some tell me I was going to struggle to get back on the field. But I couldn’t take that to heart. It was ligament damage to my right foot. The procedure actually improved my flexibility. The result is that I have more spring, and they even improved my calves."
On November 7, 2016, Coach Petersen announced Joe Mathis would have foot surgery. His season was over.
There are times when a person must walk a path alone. This was not such a time. Mathis had an addiction to football, a passion, and he was now cut off. He needed somebody to step up for him.
His wife Savitri stepped up, and stood by, Joe Mathis.