Mizzou Tackle Earns Another Year
COLUMBIA -- The Mizzou football team lost it's quarterback James Franklin to an injury this spring, but gained an experienced lineman it did not have last season.
Elvis Fisher might not be 100 percent, but he says he's pretty darn close. He's still working on getting stronger and overcoming the mental hurdle of trusting his knee.
After the final home game in 2011, teammates carried Elvis Fisher off Faurot Field, like his fellow seniors, with a piece of the rock M.
Now, he gets to do it again.
"I'm quietly building a pyramid with all the rocks," Fisher said. "I've been quietly sneaking rocks out of here for a while now."
Fisher didn't just miss his senior season, but also a chance to captain the team.
"I don't know. I don't really care if I'm a captain again or not. It's a great honor, I'm just going to go out there and lead the way I've been leading and do the best I can on game days," Fisher said.
"Obviously for us it's exciting because you add an all conference type player back to your lineup. It's a great gift for us," Co-offensive line coach Bruce Walker said.
It's a gift Fisher isn't taking for granted.
"I got my Senior Year back. How many people can do that?" Fisher asked. "It's a very slim chance I got a 6th year. Another chance to come back and so I'm just grateful."
But with a 6th year comes some problems, and Fisher has taken to Twitter to spread the word.
"Hashtag 6th year problems. They are just funny things that happen when you get old and you still play college football," Fisher said.
"I think it adds to a lot of old man jokes in the locker room," Walker said.
"Blaine and Aldon came in two years after me and left a year before me and are already making millions. #6th year problems. I think that one's hilarious," Fisher added.
Fisher is having more fun than most on the football field, because he knows how hard he's worked to get back on it.
"When you're at the bottom and you don't know if you can ever play football again, it's a pretty depressing feeling. So, when you get an opportunity to come back and rehab is going great and you feel fine and you're going full speed, you gotta have fun with it," Fisher said.
He's having fun, and Mizzou seems to be having fun with him.
Fisher received a letter inviting him to the Alumni Event at the Black and Gold game.
"That's good," Walker said. "I heard he got a letter from the AARP, too."
"I guess they didn't realize I was coming back. I don't know what happened there. I might just go to that. You never know," Fisher said.
"That is kinda funny, but I think we'll have him down here. He's got the rest of his life to go to the Alumni Events, but he's only got another year to play football," Walker said.
Fisher is working on his Masters degree in sports psychology and says he's learned about the need to stay positive and have fun in whatever you're doing.
Fisher says the Friday night pregame meal with his teammates is something he missed the most last season.