Josh Holsey underwent two ACL surgeries before the Auburn cornerback began the standout season he has had this fall. That was far from the most difficult time in Holsey’s life, however.
When he was a kid, his father, Johnathan, served in the Army and was stationed in Iraq. Because of an explosion, Holsey’s father was placed in Walter Reed Army Medical Center when he returned to the United States.
Johnathan Holsey had to have the lower portion of his left leg amputated. But he said during a segment on Saturday’s SEC Nation that it was his children that helped him get through the challenging time.
“They were just happy I was still here,” Johnathan Holsey said.
To watch the full segment on how Josh Holsey draws inspiration from his Army veteran dad, go here, or see the tweet below:
For @FootballAU's Josh Holsey, giving up was never an option.
His strength came from his father, an American Hero: https://t.co/ui3X9XGLNR
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) November 12, 2016
Auburn is set to play at Georgia on Saturday with kickoff scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS. The Tigers enter with a six-game winning streak.
Holsey will also look to keep his strong season going. The senior has nabbed three interceptions this year, including one in each of the past two games.