When the news came out in mid-December that Alex Poythress had torn the ACL in his left knee, the outpouring of support was overwhelming. The soft-spoken forward received words of encouragement from current and former Kentucky athletes, as well as local and national media, among others. His name was trending on Twitter nationally.
Many of the messages included “Courage doesn’t always roar,” Poythress’ favorite passage from author Mary Ann Radmacher. When Kentucky took the floor at Rupp Arena just days later to take on then-No. 18 North Carolina, his teammates wore T-shirts in the warm-up lines that read “Roar 22,” in reference to Poythress’ passage.
Now approaching 10 months since that fateful practice at the Joe Craft Center, Poythress is getting closer and closer to 100 percent.