Setbacks are simply setups for a great comeback. Kerry Joseph’s 39 years have been full of setbacks. Instead of allowing those setbacks to define him, Kerry simply looks at the bigger picture and maintains his focus.
Overlooked by major colleges, Kerry played college football at FCS McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He was a four-year starter at quarterback, leading the Cowboys to a 42-11 record during his career. After Kerry was cut by Cincinnati, he was asked to switch positions to slot wide receiver by the Redskins, but he failed to make the team. The Seattle Seahawks converted him to safety in 1998, and Kerry went on to appear in 54 games, recording 11 tackles, three interceptions, and one sack.
Then Kerry’s life fell apart. The Seahawks released him. His marriage fell apart. Kerry was forced to go back home. But it is there, where it felt as though the entire world turned its back on him, that Kerry rebuilt his life. Kerry had to start all over, but he was determined to compete every day for the dreams he always had of professional football. While coaching high school football and playing recreation league football, Kerry continued to train and stay in shape for a shot at professional football. It took one year, but the Canadian Football League’s Ottawa Renegades with a tryout offer for Kerry – at quarterback.
Kerry’s football career mirrored that of a phoenix – it was alive again, risen from the ashes. Kerry played for Ottawa three seasons before signing with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and leading them to their third Grey Cup championship. Kerry moved again to Toronto until the team cut him two years ago, at the age of 37.
Now 39, Kerry Joseph is once again lining up under center in the CFL. The starting quarterback for the Edmonton Eskimos. The team originally signed him to play backup in 2010, cut him, then resigned him last summer. After the starting QB went down, Kerry threw for 9 touchdowns and 1200+ yards in his absence. No matter how many doors shut in Kerry’s face, he refuses to back down. His compete every day spirit proves that no matter how long it takes, the determined spirit will ultimately win.