Henry Josey couldn’t have asked for a better Christmas present.
Josey, a former Missouri running back, found a new NFL home Wednesday when the Minnesota Vikings signed him off the Jacksonville practice squad and added him to the 53-man roster ahead of Sunday’s season finale against the Bears.
Josey, 23, led the Tigers in rushing with 1,166 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior in 2013 before exiting early for the NFL Draft.
He went undrafted but signed with Philadelphia for training camp.
Despite finishing second in the NFL in rushing during the preseason with 225 yards, he was cut by the Eagles and wound up signing with the Jaguars’ practice squad, where he spent the entire season.
Josey missed the end of the 2011 season and entire 2012 season with MU after a severe knee injury. His comeback was one of the most heart-warming stories during the Tigers’ SEC breakthrough campaign in 2013.