Joe continues to work hard at football, rising every morning at six to run, then running again in the afternoon after work. In the evenings he visits his girl friend or chips golf balls in his front yard.
He feels certain that he is not one of the players to be cut, that the Johnny Musso Award guarantees as much. Then on June 30 a letter comes from the Alabama Athletic Department informing him that his scholarship has been renewed for another year.
"Boy," sighs Joe, "that really puts my mind at ease. To tell the truth I never was sure about anything. But it's official now. I'm finished being a redshirt. I'm ready to play football."
After all this time, it seems only fair.